Entries in Mexico City (5)


Young American Journalist Found Dead in Mexico City

ABC News(MEXICO CITY) -- A young journalist interning with the Associated Press in Mexico City has been found dead.

Twenty-two-year-old Armando Montano's body was found on Saturday in the elevator shaft of an apartment building near where he was staying.

Montano was from Colorado Springs, Colo., and had just graduated from college.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is monitoring the investigation into his death.

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Magnitude-6.5 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY, Mexico) -- A magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook parts of the southern Mexican state of Guerrero Saturday night.

Bloomberg News reports that two people in Guerrero were killed. At least three people have died.

The earthquake happened at 7:47 p.m. local time and its epicenter was located 103 miles southwest of Mexico City, according to information from the U.S. Geological Survey.

“All services in Mexico City are functioning normally,” Mexican President Felipe Calderon said via Twitter at approximately 10 p.m.

There were no reports of widespread damage.

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Police: Flight Attendant's Murderer Was 20-Year-Old Ex-Con

Comstock/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) -- A Mexican man arrested for the murder of a US Airways flight attendant told police and reporters he met Nicholas Aaronson at a bar and went back to his hotel room, but he didn't murder him.

"When I left the hotel he was still alive," said Jose Manuel Ramirez Perez, 20, of Mexico City, who was arrested for allegedly killing and robbing Aaronson Friday night. Aaronson, 33, was found naked and bound early Saturday morning. He appeared to have been strangled by a belt around his neck.

During a press conference Monday, Mexico City's attorney general Miguel Mancera said Ramirez Perez had arrived at the hotel with Aaronson and the two had gone upstairs to Aaronson's room together. Aaronson was staying at the hotel with his flight crew during a layover.

"Once inside the room, the suspect beat the American citizen to subdue him and tied him up with rope from the wrists, and then proceeded to strangle him with a belt," Mancera said.

Ramirez Perez appeared at the press conference and told reporters that he had turned himself in at the bar where authorities said he and Aaronson met. He said he had punched Aaronson twice, but not killed him. He insisted a 15-year-old from Phoenix, Ariz., was reponsible for Aaronson's murder.

Mancere, however, said that the suspect, who has a criminal record and was released from a Mexico City prison in June, strangled Aaronson and then stole the safe box as he left the room. He was identified by police through surveillance video, Mancera said.

Mancera said Ramirez will remain in the custody of prosecutors until he goes before a judge.

Aaronson's body is still being held in Mexico, according to his family. Aaronson's brother is in Mexico City to retrieve the body and return it to California, where his mother lives, for funeral services. Aaronson was based in Phoenix.

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US Airways Flight Attendant Strangled in Mexico City CITY, Mexico) -- A U.S. Airways flight attendant was found strangled to death Saturday in his hotel room in Mexico City, the airline’s flight attendant union said.

The death of Nick Aaronson of Phoenix was being investigated and it did not appear that there was a safety breach at the hotel, according to a statement on the AFA US Airways MEC website.

Aaronson was found lying unconscious, face down beside the bed at the Hilton Hotel, with his hands bound behind him and a belt around his neck, according to a report by, ABC affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix reported.

U.S. Airways spokeswoman Tina Swail told KNXV-TV that Aaronson’s family has been notified of his death.

Deborah Volpe, president of the Association of Flight Attendants Council 66, told the Arizona Republic that Aaronson was “very popular” and “very loved” by co-workers.

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Mexico City Considers Temporary Marriage Licenses

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) -- Mexico City lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow newlyweds to apply for temporary marriage licenses, instead of making the plunge into wedded life a lifetime commitment.

The change to civil code was proposed this week and would allow couples to decide the length of the commitment, with two years as the minimum. If couples are still enjoying wedded bliss when the contract ends, then they would be able to renew the license. And if they’re unhappy, the contract expires and they are both free without going through a divorce.

The legislation has proved to be controversial in Mexico, the country with the second largest Catholic population in world, after Brazil.

A vote is expected on the proposed legislation by the end of the year.

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