The SXSW staff is grieving over the loss of longtime SXSW Special Venues Crew Chief, Tope Ruiz. Tope passed suddenly on August 3rd in San Antonio following complications from an infection that damaged his heart. Tope joined the SXSW staff in 1996 to help manage crowd safety on the streets of Austin during SXSW. In recent years, his background in urban planning had played a critical role in SXSW's development of a comprehensive safety plan covering all of downtown Austin. In this process, Tope became certified in Crowd Dynamics Management through Buck's New University in the UK.
He is survived by his wife Marianna Ortega Ruiz and daughter Olivia Neko Ruiz.
Details of the service:
Monday at Mission Park Funeral Chapel South in San Antonio, TX from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00pm with a rosary at 7:00p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9:00 am at the funeral home with interment following at Mission Burial Park South. 1700 South East Military Dr.