PICTURED: Beloved Bronx teacher and father, 36, who was found dead in a locked bathroom stall at school after an apparent heroin overdose
- A special education teacher was found dead at The Bronx Public School X811
- The father, 36, was believed to have gone into the cubicle to do drugs shortly after the school day ended Thursday
- He was found in the locked cubicle by another teacher just shy of 6pm
- The school's 639 special needs students had long gone home at 2:50pm?
- Police sources say he was found next to a glassine envelope, the kind which is commonly used for to transport heroin
- Those who knew him said he was a 'role model' and 'veteran teacher'
- A school official confirmed grief counselors will be available and other resources
Matthew Azimi, 36, has been identified as the man found dead at a school in The Bronx late Thursday afternoon
A special education teacher who was found dead at a New York school after an apparent heroin overdose was a beloved father, friend and mentor.
Matthew Azimi, 36, has been identified as the man discovered just shy of 6pm Thursday inside a locked bathroom stall at Public School X811 in The Bronx.
Those who knew Azimi said he was a 'role model' and 'veteran teacher' who was 'dedicated to educating and uplifting special needs students,' PIX 11 reported from the school.
Azimi is believed to have gone into the cubicle shortly after the end of the school day at 2:50pm, which is when he was last seen alive.
An NYPD spokesman confirmed the teacher's death on Friday. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMTs who were called.?
Police also confirmed drug paraphernalia had been lying next to his body.
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The father and special education teacher died of an apparent drug overdose. He was loved by those who knew him, community members said (Azimi is pictured with two children, believed to be his kids, on Facebook)
The teacher was found ?in the bathroom of Public School X811 on Thursday at 5:55pm. All students had gone home and he was discovered next to a glassine envelope
A glassine envelope, the type commonly used for transporting heroin, was found in the cubicle.?
All of the students left school for the day following the sad event.?There are 639 enrolled.
New York Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari?a told DailyMail.com in a statement: 'This is deeply saddening and my heart goes out to the teacher's family and the school community.
'We will be providing grief counselors and ongoing resources to support students and staff during this difficult time.'
A school official said?grief counselors as well as ongoing resources will be available to students
Azimi is shown looking happy alongside his little family in a post from his Facebook page
From The Bronx, the American flag was lowered to half-staff and yellow buses were shown lining the road.
'There was like 15 of them ... and cop cars were right here and in front of my house,' a neighbor next to the school told PIX11 of the scene late Friday.
'Alot of faces are sad inside. Alot of people are crying. I've seen the faces of (the students) and they've been crying. You know, it hits home,' Annette Santiago said, who has a son in the 12th grade.
'It's terrible news. Everybody has their situations going on. we don't really know their daily life,' Santiago added.
Parents, police and school officials gathered outside the building following the tragedy
A neighbor across the street (shown right) said cops cars lined to end of the road after the incident
'I've seen the faces of (the students) and they've been crying. You know, it's hit home,' mother of a student, Annette Santiago (pictured) said
'He was somebody who was hands on with the kids. He always gave them a positive vibe, at all times,' said Jennifer, another student's mother
A mother to an 11th grade boy, who provided her first name, Jennifer, said the teacher's loss is 'heartbreaking' and a 'big loss' for the community.
'He was somebody who was hands on with the kids. He always gave them a positive vibe, at all times,' she told the news station.
The late Azimi is captured in photos on Facebook smiling and embracing two young children, believed to be his.
It seems he also was a lover of pets, as he and the children are shown posing with a dog and cat happily.?
The department did not comment on the teacher's professional background.?
The medical examiner has not officially confirmed the cause of death.?
From The Bronx, the American flag was lowered to half-staff and yellow buses lined the road
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