Parishioners at Our Lady of Angels made a horrific discovery at their house of worship last week.
Police said that a 22-year-old man, believed to be a neighborhood drug addict, was found dead in the church’s bathroom.
Cops were called to the church, located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and 78th Street, just before noon on June 26.
A church custodian told police that he reported for work that morning to find the bathroom in complete disarray.
One of the stalls was locked.
When the custodian finally managed to open the stall, he found the 22-year-old dead inside, the apparent victim of a drug overdose.
Sources said that the victim was a local resident who may have been responsible for several burglaries in the area.
He reportedly worked at a local 7-Eleven, but had been fired recently when he was caught with some drugs.
It’s believed that he snuck into the church hours before his body was discovered.
Catholics in Bay Ridge have been flocking to Our Lady of Angels ever since the parish was formed in 1891. The first church was built in 1893. The present church was built in 1929.
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