DANVERS, Mass. (NBC) - Wednesday night a community near Boston mourns the lost of a young teacher, who police say was murdered at school, and one of her students is accused of committing the crime.
At Danvers High School, in a sleepy suburb of Boston, was an outpouring of support and emotion.
Students came together to mourn a young teacher, 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer, a math instructor who was killed, and left just yards from her classroom.
Destiny Beeson, a sophomore, said, "She was always making everybody's day better than hers, whether she was happy or not, she was always very uplifting to all the students there."
It happened Tuesday night. One of Ritzer's students, 14-year-old Philip Chism, is charged with murder. The criminal complaint says a police interview with Chism and security video at the school led them to charge him with the crime.
Chism moved here recently from Tennessee, and classmates say he was on the soccer team.
Kara Behen, a freshman, said, “He just seemed normal. There’s lot of quiet people at school. We didn't expect anything like it, though. No one did."
If police know why Ritzer was killed, they're not saying just yet. According to Chief Neil Ouellette of the Danvers Police Dept., "Colleen dedicated her life to better our town and our children of our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this tragic time."
Ritzer had been teaching just two years but was popular with students and parents, often sharing homework assignments and words of inspiration on twitter. In one of her last tweets, she said, "Find something good in every day."
As they deal with their grief, people in this Boston suburb are having a hard time doing that right now.
Philip Chism is being held without bail. Prosecutors say he will be tried as an adult.
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