A Danvers homicide investigation has closed schools in the Danvers, Mass. school districts as investigators look into allegations that a teen student who is thought to attend Danvers High School, about a half-hour outside Boston, murdered a teacher, reports the Boston Herald today.
The news comes just days after the tragic school shooting in Nevada, in which a 12-year-old boy allegedly brought a gun to school from home and murdered a popular mathematics teacher.
In the Danvers homicide, teacher Colleen Ritzer, 24, was found just after midnight in the woods near the city’s high school. Initial investigations into her homicide have widened to include the possibility that a teen suspect is responsible. Officials did not want to endanger any students or staff at the school, and made the decision to close down school today.
CNN is now reporting that a 14-year-old student, who had initially been reported as missing on Tuesday, is in custody and is being held in relation to the teacher’s death.
Essex County District Attorney's Jonathan Blodgett reported the breaking news to reporters this morning.
CNN said more details were forthcoming, and stated the teen “was to be arraigned on a murder charge in a closed juvenile court session Wednesday, Blodgett said. There are no other suspects, he said. Blodgett did not say whether the boy is a student at the school and said he could not release the boy's name or his connection to Ritzer because he is a juvenile.”
The teacher, similar to the Nevada shooting, was a math instructor, well liked among students and staff.
"She was a very, very respected, loved teacher. At 24 years of age, as I said, it's a terrible tragedy for the entire Danvers community," said Blodgett, adding that "there is no reason to believe other suspects are involved."