MEXICO CITY — A Colorado Springs native who was working as an intern for the Associated Press in the capital of Mexico was found dead Saturday.
Police found the body of Armando Montano, 22, in an elevator shaft of an apartment near where he was living. The cause of his death is unknown and is currently being investigated by Mexican police.
Montano had recently graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a degree in Spanish. While working for the AP, he covered the shooting of three federal police officers and a story about nine elephants who traveled from Africa to the state of Puebla in Mexico.
Montano worked for the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Seattle Times and the Colorado Independent. He was honored in a Denver Post writing competition in addition to winning a slew of other awards. He also belonged to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Journalists.
His mother is Denver Post assistant city editor Diane Alters, who also teaches at Colorado College. His father, Mario Montano, is also a professor at Colorado College.