Armando “Mando” Montano, a 22-year-old openly gay news summer intern for The Associated Press, was found dead in Mexico City on Saturday, June 30.

According to the AP, Montano's body was found in an elevator shaft of an apartment building in the Mexican capital's Condesa neighborhood, near where he was living. Mexican authorities are investigating. He was not working on an assignment at the time of his death.

Montano arrive in Mexico City in June, soon after graduating from Grinnell College in Iowa, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish. In the fall, he planned to attend the University of Barcelona to pursue a master's degree in journalism.

He covered the Iowa presidential caucuses in December and January as a news intern for The New York Times.

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

“He absolutely loved journalism and was soaking up everything he could,” said Marjorie Miller, AP's Latin America editor based in Mexico City. “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.”

Montano's parents, Diane Alters and Mario Montano, teach at Colorado College, a private liberal arts college in Colorado Springs. He had no siblings.