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Ex-CUNY Professor Suspected of Mother's Murder Found Dead in Bronx Motel

By Trevor Kapp | June 28, 2013 7:35am | Updated on June 28, 2013 1:18pm
 John Rodriguez, 39, the ex-CUNY professor believed to have murdered his mom earlier this week, has been found dead of an apparent suicide, sources said.
John Rodriguez, 39, the ex-CUNY professor believed to have murdered his mom earlier this week, has been found dead of an apparent suicide, sources said.
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THE BRONX — The former CUNY professor suspected of bludgeoning his mother to death with a hammer earlier this week has been found dead of an apparent suicide, with a note saying "I'm sorry" at his side, police officials and sources said.

John Rodriguez, 39, was discovered in a bathtub at the Friendly Motor Inn on East Gun Hill Road with apparent self-inflicted slash wounds to his wrist, sources said. The "I'm sorry" note was recovered near his body, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.

The gruesome discovery was made Wednesday about 12:50 p.m., less than a day after Rodriguez was believed to have murdered his 64-year-old mother, Magda Dagostino, sources added.

Dagostino was found inside her Perry Avenue apartment, near 211th Street in the Norwood section of The Bronx, about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Cops initially responded to the address after receiving a request for a wellness check.

Rodriguez taught English as an assistant professor at Queensborough Community College from 2011 to 2012, but did not have his contract renewed after the spring semester, sources said.