Legal 06

Cory Newton Montelus

March 6, 1994 ~ August 15, 2019 (age 25)


Name of Deceased:     Cory Newton Montelus

Date of Birth :              March 6, 1994

Place of Birth:              St. Mary’s Hospital, Brooklyn, NY

Date of Death:             August 15, 2019

Place of Death:           47 Valley Lane West, Valley Stream, NY

Mother:                       Joselle Montelus

Father:                         Pierre Newton Montelus

Brother:                       Zachary Jordan Montelus

Girlfriend:                    Alexis Rosenbaum

Baptized:                     St. Francis of Assisi- St Blaise Church – 1994

Godmother:                 Martine Florestal

Godfather:                   Jean Mary Jean Baptist

First Communion:        Church of Blessed Sacrament – April 2012

Education:                   George G.W. Hewlett High School - Class of 2012

                                    City College – Bachelor of Arts – Class of 2016

                                    USC Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Cory was loving and loved by his parents, his brother, his girlfriend, his many cousins, his aunts, his uncles, his friends and everyone who knew him.

Cory was witty, smart, friendly, compassionate, kind, sweet and outgoing.

Coucou, I wrote you a letter the day you were born which I’ve been saving for your wedding day.  My first words to you were “Hi Cory, hi honey how are you doing”

Co, I still want to know How you are doing.  When you were leaving for California I told you that your home is where I am, in a castle or a shoebox, you can always come back to me.

Cory, my love – Mom, Dad and your brother will always love you, not even death can erase you from our hearts.



August 16, 2019


To:                          Students, Faculty and Staff

From:                    Dean Andrew T. Guzman

Subject:               In Memoriam: Cory Montelus


Dear USC Gould Community,


It is with a very heavy heart that I share this message with all of you today.  A member of our own Gould family – rising 3L student Cory Montelus – passed away a few days ago, at the age of 25, during a visit to his family in New York.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from City College of New York in 2017, Cory came to the USC Gould School of Law with big plans. In his personal statement, Cory wrote of his desire to contribute to “something bigger than himself” and to bring his perspective to the legal profession.  Cory was the son of Haitian immigrants, and he was deeply influenced and inspired by his parents’ experiences, sacrifices and work ethic. He previously worked at a small immigration law firm and then interned at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates in New York.

Cory’s presence will certainly be missed here at the Gould School, and I am sure his friends and colleagues will remember him fondly always. We understand that such a sudden and unexpected loss can be heartbreaking. We encourage anyone in need of support to contact USC’s Student Counseling and Mental Health Services (213-740-9355, students) or the Center for Work and Family Life (213-821-0800, faculty and staff).  Please do not hesitate to ask for help when you need it.

We will keep you posted about forthcoming plans to celebrate Cory’s life. We are working with the university to arrange grief and loss counselors to attend the memorial service here at the law school and meet individually with students who wish to speak with them.

I kindly ask that you please join us in extending our condolences and sympathies to Cory’s parents, family and friends during this time, as they mourn the tragic loss of their loved one.



Dean Andrew T. Guzman


August 21, 2019

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lieber Funeral Home
266 N Central Ave
Valley Stream, NY 11580

Funeral Mass
August 22, 2019

10:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament Church
201 N Central Ave
Valley Stream, NY 11580

August 22, 2019

St. Charles Cemetery
2015 Wellwood Ave
Farmingdale, NY 11735


In lieu of flowers , in Cory's Memory

Please make a donation to our ancestral home parish school in Robillard, Haiti Unibank Account #516221623148502

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