Danvers community mourns beloved math teacher
DANVERS, Mass. (WHDH) -- The murder of Danvers High School math teacher, Colleen Ritzer, sent shock waves throughout the town where the victim once lived.
Ritzer’s uncle released a statement saying: “Everyone that knew and loved Colleen knew of her passion for teaching and how she mentored each and every one of her students.”
Neighbor Mary Duffy said Colleen was the oldest of three children, a beautiful nice family. She said she lived next-door for all of Colleen's 24 years.
"Lovely girl, unassuming, quiet, brilliant, and always wanted to be a math teacher. They [Ritzer’s family] can't believe it. Who would," Duffy said.
The death of the young teacher also touched those who didn't know her personally.
“That’s horrible, absolutely horrible. I have a daughter in school and that is scary. It’s very scary,” said Taryn Quebec, a Danvers mother.
Like so many of her generation, Colleen had a strong presence online. Her Twitter account filled with the latest math lessons for her students, along with encouraging words or sayings like find something good in every day.
Colleen is also remembered at Assumption College where she graduated at the top of her class and Salem State University where she was pursuing a graduate degree to teach special needs students.