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Openly gay journalist found dead in elevator shaft in Mexico City

Monday, July 2, 2012

MEXICO CITY — Armando Montano, an openly gay apprentice journalist working as a summer intern for the Associated Press in Mexico City, was found dead early Saturday. He was 22 years old.

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 circumstances of his death were being investigated by Mexico City’s law enforcement officials.

Armando Montano

AP staffers, on hearing of the popular young reporter’s untimely death, told colleagues, “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.”

“Armando was a smart, joyful, hardworking and talented young man,” said Marjorie Miller, AP’s Latin America editor based in Mexico City.

Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the AP, said, “The loss of this vibrant young journalist is a shock to his colleagues and the long list of people who called Armando friend.”

Montano, who was openly gay, was a member of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Journalists. He was a Newhouse Scholar and member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

In Washington D. C., NLGJA Executive Director Michael Tune said in a statement Monday, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of our NLGJA members, Armando Montano.”

“Our thoughts go out to his family. He was a talented individual with a passion for journalism. Armando was to attend this year’s UNITY Student Project, and a member of both NLGJA and NAHJ. Our community has lost a great, young talent,” said Tune.

Richard Berke, an assistant managing editor at The New York Times, who had met Montano at a New York Times Student Journalism Institute in Tucson, Ariz., noted, “Mando was a standout young journalist, with a rare passion and exuberance for life and for people. He accomplished so much and touched so many in a short time, and his potential was truly limitless.”

Montano is survived by his parents, Diane Alters and Mario Montano, both of whom teach at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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  1. :(

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:00pm
  2. :(

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:00pm
  3. sad

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:01pm
  4. i hate seeing stories like these, he was very handsom to

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:01pm
  5. omg heart breaking poor guy

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:01pm
  6. more hate and its not gonna stop eother

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:02pm
  7. R.I.P.

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:02pm
  8. … WTF!?!

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:02pm
  9. very sad.

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:02pm
  10. So sad ! Did he go to UCCS? I live in the same city where he was from. This was in our news today.

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:04pm
  11. This is too sad, my brother is a journalist and I’m familiar with the passion that drives these young minds.

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:04pm
  12. Such a waste. So horrible.

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:05pm
  13. TERRIBLE ;(

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:06pm
  14. :(

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:09pm
  15. And nobody could figure out why Anderson Cooper waiting so long….hhhmm

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:10pm
  16. “keep yourself protected” didn’t work too well for CeCe… kept her alive but… :(

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:11pm
  17. @Jimmy Crowe, you’re a ignorant MFer!

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:11pm
  18. @ Jimmy Crowe your comments are offensive and unnecesary, I suggest you get off this page.

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:12pm
  19. Jimmy Crowe better take his ignorant arse off this page!

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:14pm
  20. @ Jimmy you’re so obviously ineducated. What do I expect from people like you though. It’s most certainly not unnatural.

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:15pm
  21. Goddamn, Mexico

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:17pm
  22. Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:19pm
  23. Very sad to lose such a young, handsome and talented man. If there was foul play involved I hope it is discovered and dealt with swiftly.

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:20pm
  24. wtf? and on the day anderson cooper comes out… odd..

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:20pm
  25. Aww. and he was sooo cute. Sad, very sad for mexico to do this.

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:21pm
  26. wow

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:21pm
  27. Soo sad :(

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:28pm
  28. That’s horrible. My thoughts, prayers & love are with his family & friends. <3

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:38pm
  29. RIP :-(((

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:45pm
  30. It’s a proven fact? Where are your sources? Real peer reviewed, unbiased sources, with empirical evidence that has been duplicated in multiple studies not bullshit from Wikipedia, mind you. Actually, science has proven that homosexuality is normal and is just part of the spectrum of humanity. There are plenty of peer reviewed studies about the genetic basis for homosexuality, so take your ignorance someplace where people will actually care about your small minded snivelling.

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:46pm
  31. Chances are high that Jimmy Crowe is a US government sponsored agent provocateur. His website is full of hateful vitriol against women, muslims, blacks, as well as for the gender non-conforming LGBT.

    Mr. Crowe ignorantly contends that being gay is a choice and warns parents of children who may exhibit traits applicable to the opposite sex — and then suggests this predisposition may be prevented, a suggestion that has been totally debunked, since ex-gay therapy does not work, at all.

    Mr. Crowe, apart from likely being a government disinformation specialist, is willfully ignorant that the LGBT are typically naturally born eunuchs, scripturally identified as born into their orientations.

    While the homophobes and transphobes will likely be with us until the return of the Messiah, so too will natural eunuchs be born to a disparate number of parents around the world, who will identify as one of the LGBT community.

    This fact in no way condones murder of any eunuch, as Mr. Crowe apparently sympathizes with in his thread above, as he is most likely a psychopath, i.e. a person without a conscience, of the type who proliferate in the District of Columbia, wherein his government disinformation program was spawned and approved, to continue their agenda of divide and conquer of the American people. :/

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:46pm
  32. not good … not good

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:49pm
  33. This So Tragic And Truly Sad, This Madness Has Got Too End!!! :-))

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:51pm
  34. This is awful! Mexico needs alot of help in many ways! Praying for Mr. Montano and his family at this terrible loss. Praying fro Mexico also!

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 2:06pm
  35. So sad

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 2:53pm
  36. -_-

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 4:26pm