Danvers High math teacher Colleen Ritzer, found dead of an apparent homicide Wednesday, was a 2007 graduate of Andover High School. She received a bachelor’s in 2011 from Assumption College in Worcester. She had taken graduate-level courses at Salem State University.
“She was gentle, with a big smile,” said Mary Duffy, who has lived next door to Colleen Ritzer’s family in Andover for more than two decades. “It makes no sense.”
The Ritzer family issued a statement this afternoon, saying, “At this time we are mourning the tragic death of our amazing, beautiful daughter and sister. Everyone that knew and loved Colleen knew of her passion, her teaching and how she mentored each and every one of her students.” The family also asked people to respect their privacy and thanked the public for their thoughts and prayers.
Philip D. Chism, 14, is being held without bail after being charged with murdering her. Go here for more details.