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October 24, 2013

Students, friends shocked by teacher's murder

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DANVERS, Mass. —

Berger knew something was wrong Tuesday night when Ritzer’s mother called because she hadn't been home. Then, yesterday morning, Ritzer’s parents delivered the devastating news.

“I didn’t think it was real,” said Berger. “Things like this shouldn’t happen to good people like her.”

As cars streamed to the Ritzer home in Andover, family members were mostly tight-lipped. An uncle, Dale Webster, brought a statement typed on a white piece of paper to reporters waiting outside.

“At this time, we are mourning the tragic death of our amazing, beautiful daughter and sister,” it read. “Everyone that knew and loved Colleen knew of her passion for teaching and how she mentored each and every one of her students. We would like to ask everyone to respect our privacy at this most difficult time. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.”

Details for this story were reported by The Salem, Mass., News and Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.

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