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Gay journalist found dead in Mexico City

Gay journalist found dead in Mexico City

Armando Montano had begun a summer internship for the Associated Press in Mexico City less than a month ago.

On Saturday, the 22-year-old aspiring journalist from Colorado was found dead in the elevator shaft of an apartment building near where he was living.

Montano, a member of the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Journalists, was not on assignment at the time of his death.

Among the stories Montano had worked on during his time with the AP were the shooting of three federal policemen at the Mexico City airport and the saga of nine young elephants from Namibia who wound up on an animal reserve in Mexico’s Puebla state.

Marjorie Miller, the AP’s Mexico City-based Latin America editor said in a story by the wire service: ‘Armando was a smart, joyful, hardworking and talented young man. He absolutely loved journalism and was soaking up everything he could. In his short time with the AP, he won his way into everyone’s hearts with his hard work, his effervescence and his love of the profession.’

The AP gig was the latest in a series of high-profile internships Montano had in recent years. He covered the Iowa presidential caucuses as a news intern for The New York Times worked as an intern covering policy and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C.

Montano was to begin a master’s degree program in journalism at the University of Barcelona in the fall.

The investigation of his death is being monitored by the US Embassy.