David Allan Capozzi, 27, a Washington area native who lived in Brazil for the past two years, died in an apparent drowning Nov. 17 in a small town northeast of Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian authorities said Mr. Capozzi was discovered in a river about 70 miles from the resort area of Porto Seguro, where he had been on a hiking trip, according to Robert Neus, vice consul of the U.S. Consulate Office in Rio de Janeiro. He said police are investigating.
Mr. Capozzi was born in Washington and raised in Upper Marlboro and Fairfax City. He graduated from Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke in 1990 and from the University of Virginia in 1994 with degrees in music and minority studies.
As a youth, he was an Eagle Scout. Mr. Capozzi later developed a passion for music and, with practice, the skills to play acoustic, electrical and classical guitars and the keyboard.
In Rio de Janeiro, he continued with his musical studies while working as an English instructor in language schools.
Survivors include his parents, Robert and Patricia Capozzi, of Fairfax City; a brother, Michael Capozzi of Falls Church City; and his paternal grandparents, Patrick and Emily Capozzi, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.