The effects of COVID-19 have already proven far reaching. The death of a 36-year-old, Brooklyn principal is the latest situation that’s left students devastated and many others in tears, all thanks to the dreaded virus.

Dez-Ann Romain died from complications related to coronavirus, New York city officials confirmed Monday evening. The 36-year-old had most recently worked as the principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a transfer high school that aims to help students who have struggled in traditional high school settings graduate and move on to postsecondary education or employment.

Romain was the first known New York public school staff member to have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus. “She supported us through all our future endeavors, whether it [was] personal or professional,” one former student told TIME magazine of the teacher.

COVID-19 has claimed over 700 lives in the US, to date.