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Openly gay U.S. journalist, 22, found dead in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY -- Armando "Mando" Montano, a 22-year-old news intern from Colorado Springs, Colo. who was working for the Associated Press in Mexico City this summer, was found dead early Saturday, June 30, according to an AP report. Montano was gay and a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

According to 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 circumstances of his death were being investigated by Mexican authorities."

The AP details the outstanding career on which the young journalist already had embarked:

In December and January, Montano covered the Iowa presidential caucuses as a news intern for The New York Times, and last year worked for several months as an intern covering policy and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C.

"Mando was a standout young journalist, with a rare passion and exuberance for life and for people," said Richard Berke, an assistant managing editor at The New York Times. "He accomplished so much and touched so many in a short time, and his potential was truly limitless."

Tributes to Montano popped up throughout social media on Sunday.

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