« Judge Andrea Wolfson at center of SAVE Dade, Christian Family Coalition judicial endorsements | Main | FDA approves first drug for reducing the risk of sexually acquired HIV infection »

AP intern Armando Montano celebrated at service


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Hundreds of friends and colleagues gathered Sunday for a memorial celebration for Armando Montano, a gay news intern for The Associated Press who died at age 22 in Mexico City.

The service was held at Colorado College, where Montano's parents, Diane Alters and Mario Montano, both teach. It was by turns tearful and full of laughter as those gathered recounted how Montano - who was known as "Mando"- had great passion for journalism, family, friends and life.

"If you are a journalist, take Mando's legacy and tell the stories he would have," said Aaron Edwards, a friend who, like Montano, served as a Chips Quinn Scholar with the Freedom Forum for Diversity in 2011.

Among the tributes Sunday were those from Montano's colleagues in Colorado, Mexico and elsewhere around the world. In honor of his life, the song "Gracias a la Vida" by the late Argentine artist Mercedes Sosa was performed, as well as a video and a slide show montage compiled by his friends and family.

"We gather to celebrate a life richly lived," Chaplin Bruce Coriell said.

Montano's body was found June 30 in the elevator shaft of an apartment building near his home in Mexico City's Condesa neighborhood. The circumstances of his death are still being investigated by Mexican authorities.

Click here to read more.


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference AP intern Armando Montano celebrated at service:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

The comments to this entry are closed.