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October 26, 2013

Suspect's mother's 'heart is broken'

The mother of Philip Chism, the 14-year-old suspected of killing Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer, released a statement through her son's lawyer this afternoon saying she is "struggling to understand" the events of this week.

The statement from Chism's attorney, Denise Regan:

"Diana Chism, mother of Philip Chism, has asked me to convey this message to the public.

"On October 22, 2013, two families were unexpectedly and inconceivably changed forever. Ms. Chism’s heart is broken for the Ritzer family and the loss of their daughter and sister Colleen Ritzer.

"Ms. Chism would like you to know that her son was born in love and is dear to her, very dear. She is struggling to understand this and respectfully asks for some time to process this.

"She asks that you know that she cares for the world’s hurt over this and greatly hopes for your prayers for the Ritzer family, the Danvers community, for her son, and all those affected by this tragedy."

 

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