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