Sad news from the Associated Press tonight: Armando Montano, a 22-year-old Grinnell College graduate who covered the Iowa caucuses in December and January for the New York Times, was found dead early on Saturday in Mexico City, where he’d been interning with the AP.
“Montano’s body was found in the elevator shaft of an apartment building near where he was living in the capital’s Condesa neighborhood,” the AP reported. “The circumstances of his death were being investigated by Mexican authorities.”
Here’s more from the AP:
The Colorado Springs, Colorado, resident arrived in Mexico City in early June after graduating from Grinnell College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a concentration in Latin American studies.
During his time in the bureau, Montano covered stories including the saga of nine young elephants from Namibia who wound up on an animal reserve in Mexico’s Puebla state, and the shooting of three federal policemen at the Mexico City airport.
He was not on assignment at the time of his death. The U.S. embassy is monitoring the course of the investigation.
Montano had planned to attend a master’s degree program in journalism at the University of Barcelona in the fall.
At Grinnell, Montano wrote for the college’s weekly, the Scarlet & Black.
UPDATE: LGBT reporter Chris Geidner adds that Montano, who was gay, was a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Geidner links to tributes posted by two aspiring journalist friends, Aaron Edwards and Marissa Evans.