"Be grateful for the time we had with Colleen, even though it was far too short. Begin to find healing in the many fond memories that we have with her," McDaniel said.
Police said Ritzer was killed in a school bathroom after dismissal Tuesday. Her body was found in woods behind the school.
She urged those who knew her cousin to cherish the time they had.
St. Augustine Church in Colleen Ritzer's hometown of Andover, Mass., was filled to capacity for her funeral mass. The mourners included about 400 students who arrived in buses from Danvers High School, where Ritzer taught math.
He said Ritzer was his teacher assistant and always wanted to Puma Sneakers With Rhinestones
Fourteen year old Philip Chism has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.
A DAUGHTER. DAN AND LAURA SAYING GOODBYE TO HIS SISTER. THE STUDENTS NEVER IMAGINING THEY WOULD SAY GOODBYE TO THE 24 YEAR OLD. THERE IS A HEART ACHE THERE IS A LOT OF HEART ACHE AND THAT CHURCH RIGHT NOW, THAT'S AN UNDERSTATEMENT. COLLEEN WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING SOUL THAT ANY PARENT COULD ASK FOR, ANY FRIEND COULD ASK FOR. I WAS LEFT TO HAVE HER AS THE STUDENTS. THAT SUCH A YOUNG, BRIGHT, DEDICATED TEACHER WAS STOLEN HAS DISTURBED MANY. THE SEARCH FOR ANSWERS HAS LED TO FRUSTRATION. BUT DURING THE FUNERAL, THE PASTOR ENCOURAGED WRENS AND FAMILY NOT TO ASK WHY SHE FRIENDS AND FAMILY NOT TO ASK WHY SHE WAS KILLED. HE SAID TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THE TIME WE HAD WITH COLLEEN AND BEGAN TO FIND HEALING IN THE MEMORIES WE HAVE OF HER. ROXIO AS A PARENT CAN ONLY HOPE THAT YOUR SON WOULD MARRY SOMEONE LIKE COLLEEN, THAT WOULD HAVE FRIENDS LIKE Puma Trainers No Laces
POLICE SAY THAT SHE WAS KILLED IN A BATHROOM LAST WEEK. PHILIP CHISHOLM HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH HER MURDER. THE EMOTIONS OF THE DAY ARE OVERWHELMING. A MOTHER AND A FATHER BURYING Puma Ducati Shoes 2017
McDaniel said Ritzer made many of her students enthusiastic about math, even those who did not like the subject at first.
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"For a girl like that to have an impact is amazing. An amazing beautiful soul we lost," Spanos said.
"Colleen was the most amazing, beautiful soul that any parent, friend could ask for. She touched so many. I was blessed to have her as student at Andover High School," said former teacher Joe Spanos.
Ritzer's cousin, Gina McDaniel, said in a prepared eulogy Puma Light Up Shoes that Ritzer made people feel loved, comforted and optimistic.
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