Mother of Philip Chism releases statement
DANVERS, Mass. (WHDH) – The mother of 14-year-old murder suspect Philip Chism has released a statement.
The attorney for the student released the statement below :
" On October 22, 2013, two families were unexpectedly and inconceivably changed forever. Ms. Chism’s heart is broken for the Ritzer family and the loss of their daughter and sister Colleen Ritzer.
Ms. Chism would like you to know that her son was born in love and is dear to her, very dear. She is struggling to understand this and respectfully asks for some time to process this.
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. “
Chism is being charged as an adult with the death of Danvers High School math teacher 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer. He is due in court in November.
Colleen Ritzer will be laid to rest Monday morning in her hometown of Andover.