A Vanderbilt University student named Andreas Giannitsopoulos was killed in the collapse of a beachside condominium tower in Florida last week, according to his family and the university.
Andreas Giannitsopoulos, a senior economics student at the university in Nashville, Tennessee, was one among 18 people reported killed after the collapse of Champlain Towers South on Wednesday night.
The Tennessean reported that Giannitsopoulos graduated from St. Thomas High School in Houston in 2018 before going on to Vanderbilt. Manuel LaFont, 54, a friend of his father’s, was also among the victims of the Champlain building collapse.
I’m devastated to hear a member of our @VanderbiltU family was killed in the condominium collapse while visiting his godfather in Surfside, Florida.
21-year-old Andreas Giannitsopoulos would have been a senior in the fall. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏 https://t.co/cOETtmKMWs
Andreas Giannitsopoulos Was The Condo Collapse Victim
When the Surfside condo building fell early on June 24, Giannitsopoulos was staying with a friend of his father.
The school said in a statement, “We extend our deepest condolences to Andreas’ family, friends, classmates and faculty as they deal with this unimaginable tragedy,”
Father James Murphy, the president of St. Thomas, told the publication, “He was very dedicated, very focused, very hard-working,”
Murphy added, “The last few days, the unknowing has been a challenge,”
“We’re a faith-filled community, but we also understand reality. This is a hard thing across the board.”
Andreas Giannitsopoulos was studying Business Strategy and International Markets at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, but was staying with a family friend in Miami at the time of the building collapse. He is now one of the confirmed victims of the #SurfsideCollapsepic.twitter.com/G5yNJOq6d0
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