Grooveshark Director of International Sales Eddy Vasquez was fatally shot and killed over the weekend, the result of what appears to have been an argument gone horribly wrong. According to police details and local reports from the Gainesville, Florida area (where Grooveshark is based), Vasquez was shot by a longtime acquaintance while visiting the nearby city of St. Petersburg.
The murder occurred somewhere around the Publix Super Market, located on 3rd Street South, St. Petersburg.
Vasquez’ relationship with the gunman, Andres Torres, was initially unclear. St. Petersburg police initially declined to describe the relationship between the individuals, though the Tampa Bay Times is now reporting that Torres and Vasquez had been friends for years. Subsequently, at least one photo emerged of the pair together, with Vasquez celebrating a graduation ceremony for Torres.
Vasquez travelled to his nearby hometown to attend a wedding, and apparently, a belated birthday celebration for Torres.
Torres was subsequently found at his nearby residence in possession of the firearm, and arrested by police. He has been charged with second degree homicide and armed kidnapping, according to police reports.
It’s also unclear what sorts of deals and partnerships Vasquez was working on, though the Grooveshark site indicates a focus on Latin American companies. Regardless of his focus, the executive seemed well-integrated into company outings and culture. Just recently, Vasquez posted a snapshot of a Grooveshark Halloween gathering on his Twitter account; a fellow executive noted that Vasquez was a regular presence at company outings and post-work drinking sessions. “Grooveshark as a company mourns the tragic loss of one of its employees, Eddy D. Vasquez,” the company offered in a statement. “Mr. Vasquez was visiting friends and family in the Tampa Bay area over the weekend when he fell victim to a senseless act of violence.”
More as it develops.