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Family of Amherst senior Andrew Dorogi claims he was killed in Mexico

The 6'1" running back was found lying dead on subway station tracks on March 16 just outside Mexico City.
UPDATED JAN 27, 2020
Andrew was a senior at Amherst (Source: Getty Images)
Andrew was a senior at Amherst (Source: Getty Images)

The family of a 21-year-old senior from Amherst College who was found dead in Mexico is voicing their grief for the first time. They are claiming that Andrew Dorogi was murdered.

During a conversation with The Boston Globe on Friday, a family spokeswoman said that Dorogi was killed in March on his way back from vacation in Cabo San Lucas.

Although the spokeswoman did not elaborate on the claims, she did explain that Dorogi's mysterious death had sparked a detailed investigation into the case.

It was reported that the 6'1" running back was lying dead on subway station tracks on March 16 just outside Mexico City.

Reportedly, Dorogi had called his parents on a landline phone just hours before his body was found. During the phone call, Dorogi told his parents that he was on his way back to school after a vacation with friends.

An autopsy on the running back revealed that he had died from electrocution after falling onto the 750-volt rail lines, according to the Mexico City Attorney General's Office.

But there is no mention of electrical burns in the leaked autopsy results that were obtained by Daily Mail in April.

According to this report, Dorogi was actually killed by multiple 'traumatismos', or trauma wounds that were consistent "with a fall or being dragged along by a train."

Daily Mail got in touch with a Camarones station worker who anonymously informed that the 21-year-old was running along the live tracks when he stepped on the electrified 750-volt rail with his right foot and then collapsed on the spot.

The station worker further claimed that Dorogi seemed "out of his mind or on drugs" and was behaving rather "erratically". He also added that he didn't look like he was going to commit suicide.

The platform staff were allegedly concerned about Dorogi's behavior and intimated colleagues that a tall, blonde 'gringo' appeared to be out of his senses.

Back in April, Amherst College President Carolyn 'Biddy' Martin sent a letter to the community confirming that the senior had not committed suicide.

While the US State Department referred questions to Mexican officials, prosecutors leading the case in Mexico have not been available to discuss the investigation underway.

The running back's grandfather, 86-year-old Joseph Dorogi, expressed his frustration with the slow pace of the probe.

"I'd like to know what happened," Joseph Dorogi, a retired engineer who lives in Ohio, told The Boston Globe. "I don’t think the Mexican government is really doing that much."

“The one thing I know is he’s gone and there’s nothing we can say or do that can change that. That’s the way his parents feel and assessing the blame doesn’t bring him back. He’s gone.”

Coach Bill Beard, who trained Dorogi at University School for the hockey team, said that the wake and funeral of his former student were both heartbreaking.

“For me, it was surreal in the sense that at some point I just figured I’d wake up and it wouldn’t be real,” said Beard, who was also an administrator at University School. “As a parent myself I can’t imagine burying one of my children.”

He said that Andrew set himself apart with his enthusiasm and a circle of friends that came in "all shapes and sizes."

“He never shied away from anything,” Beard said.

18-year-old Noah John said that players of the Amherst football team have tried to cope with the senior's death by gathering together to share stories about him.

John, who is a freshman wide receiver on the team, said that an outdoor service was held by candlelight on campus some weeks ago.

Many of his teammates spoke about "being more like Dorogi," John said.

“We never called him Andrew. Always the last name, Dorogi,” said John, who is from Albany, N.Y.

“A lot of times people here can be shy and reserved, but not him. He would say hi to everyone even if it was his first time meeting you. He would be very open; treat you like you were a lifelong friend.”

Andrew Dorogi was scheduled to graduate from Amherst this month. Majoring in economics, he was planning to start working as an investment banking analyst for Wells Fargo after his graduation.