Boston police found Carrie O’Connor, 38, inside the elevator at her apartment building, Detective Sergeant John Boyle told CNN. The building is off campus.
His death was declared an accident, Boyle said, caused by “traumatic asphyxiation,” which usually occurs when a heavy object suddenly crushes the chest.
State officials told boston.com that the elevator in the Commonwealth Avenue condominium was recently inspected.
A hardworking and Francophile teacher
O’Connor’s family and colleagues at Boston University, where he had taught French language and culture courses, remembered Connor as a skilled vegetarian baker and cook, an experienced globetrotter and a gifted teacher.
“Even then, and even more so now, it was an intrinsic part of the French section and the department in general,” French professor Odile Cazenave wrote in an email to the department of fictional studies shared by the university. “As I spoke to her parents this morning, I let them know how much Carrie is very much alive and part of our department.”