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Students return in sadness to school where teacher was killed

Friday - 10/25/2013, 3:40pm  ET

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) -- A police officer has been stationed today outside a high school in Danvers, Mass. -- part of the extra security in place today as students returned for the first time since a classmate allegedly killed a teacher earlier this week.

The body of the teacher, Colleen Ritzer, was found in the woods behind the school. The 14-year-old suspect is charged with murder.

At the school today, the U.S. flag flew at half staff, and pink ribbons hung from a row of trees. An electronic sign displayed a tweet that Ritzer had posted this summer. It said, "Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind."

Written on the windows of a pickup truck in the student parking lot, in the school colors of blue and white, were the words, "RIP Miss Ritzer. Gone, not forgotten."

One student who was in one of Ritzer's classes said this morning, "We can get through it, but it's really not going to be the same."

This afternoon, officials at Assumption College, where Ritzer graduated in 2011, held a memorial service in her honor. The Rev. Dennis Gallagher, who officiated at the service about 50 miles from Danvers, said Ritzer's death left behind "a mountain of sadness."

Authorities have offered no clues on any motive for the killing.

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082-a-09-(Caio (KY'-oh) Silva, Danvers High School senior, varsity soccer player who knows both the 14-year-old suspect and the teacher who was killed, in AP interview Thursday)-"the scariest part (2nd reference)"-Caio Silva, a Danvers High School varsity soccer player who knows the 14-year-old suspect, says he knows some of his classmates are nervous about walking near the restroom where the teacher was attacked. (25 Oct 2013)

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083-a-21-(Caio (KY'-oh) Silva, Danvers High School senior, varsity soccer player who knows both the 14-year-old suspect and the teacher who was killed, in AP interview Thursday)-"really match up"-Caio Silva, a Danvers High School varsity soccer player who knows the 14-year-old suspect, says the students are all shocked, especially since everyone really liked math teacher Colleen Ritzer. ((note length of cut)) (25 Oct 2013)

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