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October 23, 2013

Student charged in high school teacher's murder

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DANVERS, Mass. —

She was known for encouraging and tutoring students, as evidenced by her posts to Twitter. A week ago, she wished sophomores and juniors luck on their PSATs. In early August, she wrote, "No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind."

Ritzer was working toward a master's degree in school counseling at Salem State University, according to the college's president, Patricia Meservey, who described her as "a bright and vibrant student."

"As a dedicated teacher, Colleen wanted to work with and help children with special needs," Meservey said in a statement. "She believed children have much to offer and often do not realize how special they are as individuals."

Blodgett described Ritzer as a "very, very respected teacher" and said her murder was a "terrible tragedy."

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

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