Montalvan was discovered dead Friday night in a room in the Indigo Hotel in downtown El Paso, Texas, as indicated by the city’s police division.
“There were no indications of injustice and reason for death is pending examination by the Medical Examiner’s office,” El Paso police said in an announcement. Montalvan’s administration pooch, named Tuesday, was not with him, his companion and co-creator Ellis Henican told USA Today.
NBC Latino donor Carmen Cusido moved on from Columbia Journalism School with Montalvan in 2010. The last memory she has with him was in August on a ship to Nantucket. She was making a beeline for see companions and Montalvan would give a motivational discourse. They kept running into each other by chance.
“I sat with him and Tuesday the entire time since I was somewhat of a nervous voyager,” Cusido said. “We had a stunning time making up for lost time; I had not seen him since graduation. It was the most joyful and most beneficial I had ever observed him.”
Cusido and Montalvan, both of whom are Cuban-American, reinforced in their news coverage classes in light of the fact that their families had comparable battles moving to the U.S., she said. She said he was constantly open in regards to living with PTSD, and she supposes it helped her and her colleagues better comprehend with the enduring effects of war on veterans.
“He may have lived for a long time, yet he did as such much with his life,” Cusido said. “I surmise that he will be recollected affectionately by a large number of our Columbia news coverage colleagues.” Montalvan was a finished 17-year veteran from a visit in Iraq. He got two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor. Alongside PTSD he experienced different wounds supported in battle.