Amherst College student found dead in Mexico was slain, his family says


Thursday, May 10, 2018

AMHERST — Amherst College student Andrew Dorogi, who was found dead in Mexico City in March, was slain, according to his family.

A spokeswoman for the Dorogi family told The Boston Globe that he was killed while returning from spring break vacation with friends to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

The spokeswoman gave no further comment to the Globe, as the investigation is ongoing.

Mexican authorities say the claim is untrue.

The Mexican government told The Boston Globe Monday that Dorogi was found dead on train tracks in Mexico City on March 15. The government says because his body did not have “signs of violence, physical aggression, or defending wounds,” killing has been ruled out.

Investigators with the Mexico City attorney general’s office have offered to meet with the family to provide explanations and show them video.

Dorogi, 21, grew up in Ohio before attending Amherst College where he was a running back on the football team. According to Dorogi’s obituary, he was an economics major scheduled to graduate this spring and had accepted a position as an investment banking analyst at Wells Fargo starting in June.

The Globe reported that in April, after repeated inquiries, Mexican prosecutors issued a statement about a man whose body had been found on train tracks at a subway station outside Mexico City. Prosecutors did not identify the man in the statement but stated that the body had been electrocuted and suffered burns and that a manslaughter investigation was underway.

Also in April, Amherst President Carolyn A. Martin posted a statement on the school’s website, stating Dorogi’s death was not a suicide.

“The cause of Andrew’s death is still unknown and under investigation,” Martin wrote. “We know from his family that he did not die of suicide.”

Dorogi’s grandfather Joseph Dorogi, 86 of Ohio, told the Globe that his grandson was supposed to be traveling back to the United States through Mexico City International Airport when he died.

MassLive reported that a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs said in an email that local authorities in Mexico City are taking the lead on the investigation into Dorogi’s death.

M.J. Tidwell can be reached at mjtidwell@gazettenet.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.