Boston police found Carrie O’Connor, 38, inside the elevator of her apartment building, Sergeant Detective John Boyle told CNN. The building is off campus.
Boyle said her death was controlled as an accident, caused by “traumatic suffocation” that usually occurs when a heavy object suddenly shatters her chest.
Government officials told boston.com that the elevator in the Commonwealth Avenue apartment building had been inspected recently.
A hard working teacher and francophile
O’Connor’s family and colleagues at Boston University, where she had taught French language and culture, remembered Connor as a skilled baker and vegetarian chef, an experienced globetrotter and talented teacher.
“Even then and even more now she was an inherent part of the French section and the department as a whole,” wrote French professor Odile Cazenave in an email to the Romance Studies department, shared by the university. “When I spoke to her parents this morning, I let them know how much Carrie lives a lot and is part of our department.”