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November 22, 2013

Affidavit describes chilling rape, murder of teacher

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DAMVERS. Mass. —

Chism, a sister and his mother had moved from Tennessee a few months earlier -- after the mother filed for what she told police was a "stressful" divorce from Chism's father, according to the affidavit. They were living with the mother's aunt in Danvers.

Chism has been described by teachers and students at Danvers High as a quiet, lanky youth who excelled as a member of the junior varsity soccer team.

Ritzer, in her second year of teaching, was described as a warm and affable person who always saw good in people, and went out of her way to help her students succeed. More than 1,000 people attended her funeral service in her hometown of Andover, Mass.

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Details for this story came from the police affidavit filed in the case in Salem, Mass., District Court.

 

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