Armando Montano was found dead on Saturday at the bottom of an elevator shaft in Mexico City. The 22-year old had just graduated from Grinnell College and was working as an intern with the Associated Press. News of his death spread across the Grinnell Campus, as the investigation into his death continues.
“It didn`t seem like it was real. Like it was possible,” said Houston Dougharty the Vice President of Student Affairs at Grinnell College, “Mando was on this campus less than a month ago graduating from college.”
Mando was a well-known writer and editor for the college newspaper, which meant eve n those who didn't know him personally, knew of him and his talent.
“If he wrote an article in the ‘Scarlet and Black,’ you knew that it was well researched and you knew that it was thoughtful. And faculty staff students alike had a significant respect for him,” said Dougharty. “To me his future was limitless, and that he would be an alumnus that we would be hearing from for many, many, many years.”
Because of how he lived, friends say that still holds true. Mando's presence on Grinnell’s campus and elsewhere will continue to be felt.
“While he’s gone I know his memory will live on just because he`s touched so many people” said Avery Rowlison, a friend and former classmate of Montano’s.