The teacher murdered by a 14-year-old student in Danvers, Mass., is the second teacher murdered within a week by a student in the US.
Colleen Ritzer, 24, was a well-liked popular teacher at Danvers High School teacher.
She did not return home after the school day on Tuesday or answer her cell phone and a missing persons report was filed.
Police investigating Ritzer’s disappearance found blood in one of the school’s restrooms late Tuesday evening.
Meantime just after midnight, 14-year-old Philip Chism, who had been reported missing the very same evening, was found by police wondering near a highway.
Ritzer’s body was then discovered in the woods not too far from school early Wednesday morning.
The teen suspect had recently moved to Mass, from Tenn., and was in his freshman year at Danvers High School.
He reportedly attended a movie in the evening after school.
He was arrested and charged as an adult for murder.
Chism pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was ordered held without bail. He will also undergo a mental evaluation.
Ritzer maintained a social presence with active Facebook and Twitter accounts full of inspirational quotes. Most of her personal accounts have been temporarily disabled, however, her twitter page remains active. Facebook pages honoring the slain teacher have been created.
She also maintained a personal blog, “expect nothing & appreciate everything“.
Another teacher murdered by a student is also being remembered for his heroic acts.
In a shooting at Sparks Middle School in Nev., popular math teacher Michael Landsberry died after he was shot in the chest while attempting to reason with the student.
The 12-year-old shooter shot two other students before taking his own life.