Andrew Dorogi, an Ohio-born student at Amherst University, died tragically earlier this year in Mexico City when, while running along subway tracks, he stepped on the third rail and collapsed instantly from a fatal case of electrocution.
Now, however, his family believes the real tragedy lies in the fact that Dorogi was murdered and Mexican authorities have done nothing to investigate.
In March, the 21-year-old Dorogi was on his way home from Cabo San Lucas, where he spent spring break, and was passing through the capital when the incident occurred.
Andrew, we will always remember your huge smile, positive spirit, tireless work ethic, and loyalty to the Amherst College Football family. We hope to honor you every day from here on out. You'll forever be missed, Rest In Peace brother. #22Forever
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— Amherst College Football (@AmherstCollFB) March 28, 2018
The Daily Mail reports that the 6-foot-1 running back’s body was found on the railway tracks, a state consistent with something like a suicide.
But just hours before, Dorogi had phoned home saying he was on his way; there was no evidence whatsoever to support the notion that he was in any way emotionally distraught.
The initial autopsy confirmed the cause of death as electrocution from the 750-volt rails.
But the Daily Mail previously reported that it had obtained the autopsy report and that the report contained references to “traumatismos” — Spanish for traumatic injuries consistent with either being hit and dragged by a train or beaten to death by unidentified assailants and left on the tracks to make it look like an accident.
The autopsy report said Dorogi had no alcohol in his system, but it did not provide a toxicology report for drugs.
A station worker claimed an eyewitness had told him that he had seen Dorogi “running along the tracks as if he were out of his mind,” but the witness could not be located to confirm or deny the story.
In addition, for Dorogi to have fallen from the train itself, he would have had to wedge himself through a 16-inch window opening, a tall order for a college football player; indeed, a tall order for a child.
In his obituary, Dorogi’s parents said of their son that “Andrew’s smile radiated the joy and faith with which he lived his life.”
“We will always remember his wit, intelligence, athleticism and kind heart,” they said.
Amherst College President Carolyn Martin said in a statement that “the cause of Andrew’s death is still unknown and under investigation. We know from his family that he did not die of suicide.”
Meanwhile, authorities in Mexico City have issued a statement of their own.
“There are people that say he went out of a window. When they found his bag they saw a U.S. passport and handed it in,” a government spokesman said.
“This is exactly what we are investigating right now, to find out if he was on drugs or out of his mind. The one important fact we know is that he was not murdered.”
Exactly what killed Andrew Dorogi, and more importantly why, remains a mystery, but it’s one his parents are determined to see solved.
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