Parents of AP intern Armando Montano seek answers about his death

The parents of Associated Press intern Armando Montano — both teachers at Colorado College — are in Mexico City, trying to get information about the death of their only child.

“The AP has been spectacular in helping us negotiate the Mexican bureaucracy. They are really helping us,” says Montano’s mother, Diane Alters. “They all loved him too.”

Armando Montano (Credit: Scarlet & Black)

She tells the Denver Post that the AP internship in Mexico was a dream job for her son, who was found dead Saturday in an apartment building elevator shaft.

Grinnell College vice president for student affairs Houston Dougharty tells the Colorado Springs Gazette:

Mando might’ve been the best known senior in our graduating class of 420. His byline was always in the student paper. Folks were drawn to him in an amazing way. He was incredibly charismatic and incredibly active.

One of Montano’s former English teachers says of the late journalist: “From the time he walked into my class as a precocious ninth-grader, he acted and thought like a professional journalist. I would not have been surprised if he’d ended up working for one of the top journalistic outlets in the world.”

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