Funeral services have been set later this week for Cody Thomas, the 27-year-old Staples High School teacher who died last Saturday. His death was a suicide, according to the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner.

Thomas, whose death prompted an outpouring of tributes from present and former Staples students and staff, also was an adviser to Inklings, the high school’s award-winning student newspaper. He previously had been a freelance writer for the Stamford Advocate and editor of the rock journal, Revolver. Inklings received a gold medal at a scholastic press convention while Thomas was the newspaper’s co-adviser.

He was an instructor for the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University.

Thomas was also a poet and musician, and performed with local bands. He studied music at New York University, was a graduate of the Arthur Carter Institute of Journalism and held a master’s degree in education from the University of Connecticut.

A wake is planned Thursday, from 2 to 8 p.m., at Lacerenza Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8 Schuyler Ave., Stamford, and a prayer service is set at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park, Oaklawn Avenue in Stamford.

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Donations may be made in memory of Thomas to Staples Tuition Grants, P.O. Box 5159, Westport, CT 06681-5159 or