Mom's 'heart is broken' over killing

2013-10-27 12:44

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Danvers - The mother of the Massachusetts teenager accused of killing his teacher inside a school bathroom is brokenhearted over the educator's death and seeks prayers for her son, according to a statement released on Saturday by her son's defence attorney.

Diana Chism also asked for prayers for the family of slain Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer, saying her "heart is broken for the Ritzer family and the loss of their daughter and sister."

Fourteen-year-old Philip Chism is being held without bail on charges he killed Ritzer after school on Tuesday, then dumped her body in the woods behind the school. He was arrested early on Wednesday.

"Ms. Chism would like you to know that her son was born in love and is dear to her, very dear," said the statement released by defence attorney Denise Regan.

"She asks that you know that she cares for the world's hurt over this and greatly hopes for your prayers for the Ritzer family, the Danvers community, for her son, and all those affected by this tragedy."

Authorities have offered no clues on Chism's alleged motive. They also would not say how Ritzer, a 24-year-old math teacher, was killed.

Blood in a second-floor bathroom helped lead investigators to her body, which was dumped in the woods behind the school in the community about 30km north of Boston.

A classmate who was in Ritzer's last-period Algebra I class with Chism said the teacher had asked Chism to stay after class on Tuesday. Another classmate said she saw Ritzer and Chism in the classroom after school, shortly before Ritzer was killed.

Ritzer's funeral Mass will be on Monday in her hometown of Andover at St Augustine Church. Her family said a scholarship has been established to honour her "tireless and dedicated work." It will benefit Andover High School graduates who pursue a teaching career.

Chism had moved to Massachusetts from Tennessee before the start of the school year and was a top scorer on the school's junior varsity soccer team.

Read more on:    us

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.