In November of 2013, music streaming service Grooveshark's director of international sales, 27-year-old Eddy Vasquez, was shot and killed by a former college classmate following an argument that took place while the two were bar-hopping together in St. Petersburg, Florida. The shooter, Andres Rodriguez Torres, who had attended the University of South Florida with Vasquez, was found guilty of second-degree murder last week by a Pinellas County jury. Torres faces a life sentence for the murder. His sentencing is currently scheduled for October 16.
Upon the initial news of Vasquez's passing in 2013, Grooveshark issued the following statement: “Grooveshark as a (whole) mourns the tragic loss of one of its employees, Eddy D. Vasquez. 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. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague.”
Grooveshark was founded in 2006 by Sam Tarantino, Josh Greenberg and Andrés Barreto and shut down in April of this year after a settlement with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group.