Miami-Dade County police on Saturday identified 36-year-old Theresa Velasquez as the latest victim of the Surfside collapse.

Theresa, an executive with the entertainment company Live Nation, arrived from Los Angeles, Wednesday night, June 23, to visit her parents. It was the night before the collapse of the Champlain Towers South.

Angela Maria, 60, and Julio Cesar Velasquez, 67, lived in Apartment 304, for nearly a decade. Angela, born in Colombia, was well known in the community as the owner of Fiorelli, a men’s clothing and furnishings retailer inside the Weston Town Center.

The couple’s daughter, Theresa, was known locally and internationally as DJ Theresa and got her start in the music industry in Miami Beach as a nightclub deejay. She eventually began touring internationally as a deejay and producer where she would be featured at large events, including Super Martxe in Madrid and Circuit Festival in Barcelona, Miami Beach’s White Party and Aqua Girl Miami, New York’s Electric Zoo, Mysteryland USA on the former site of Woodstock in Bethel, N.Y., and more.

Teaming up with Grammy-nominated deejay, Hector Fonseca, she started her own music label, Audio4Play in 2011. According to her Linked In page, Audio4Play leads the LGBT nightlife scene showcasing today’s hottest up and coming talent in nightlife.


Performing music and touring as a deejay inspired Theresa to learn about the business side of the industry. She graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., then got a master’s degree in music business from New York University. She went on to work for Sony Music, SFX Entertainment, and had been an executive with Live Nation Entertainment for the past six years.

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Live Nation CEO and president Michael Rapino described Theresa as “a beloved friend, daughter, sister, and co-worker” in a Twitter post soon after the collapse.

Theresa and her mother, were recovered on Thursday, July 8 while Julio was recovered the next day.

The couple also has a son, David, who lives in New York. On Thursday, July 1, before any of the family members were recovered, David was in Weston, where he spoke at a vigil for his family, organized by the Weston Town Center, where Angela had been a shop owner for nearly two decades.

The Recovery

The last overall update on the response and recovery effort came on Friday from Miami-Dade County, which read:

“As of Friday, July 16, 94 victims have been identified and 94 families have been notified. 241 people are accounted for; 97 missing persons reports were opened with the Miami-Dade Police Department. At this step in the recovery process it has become increasingly difficult to identify victims, and we are relying heavily on the work of the medical examiner’s office and the scientific, technical process of identifying human remains. This work becomes more difficult with the passage of time although our teams are working as hard and as fast as they can.”

Officials have said that efforts to recover remains from the debris are nearing an end.

Recovered as of 7/17/21:

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