Slain teacher’s family: No ‘true justice’ in guilty verdict

Peggie Ritzer, center, mother of slain school teacher Colleen Ritzer, is supported by her husband Tom, top, as she reacts as a guilty verdict is read Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Philip Chism's murder trial in Salem Superior Court, in Salem, Mass. Chism was convicted Tuesday in the 2013 slaying and rape of Colleen Ritzer, a 24-year-old algebra teacher at Danvers High School, about 25 miles north of Boston. (Ken Yuszkus/The Eagle-Tribune via AP, Pool)

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The family of Colleen Ritzer is speaking out after a jury convicted student Philip Chism of brutally raping and killing the popular high school teacher in 2013.

Ritzer’s father, Thomas, says the family is “pleased” by the guilty verdict returned Tuesday but say it’s “no cause for celebration.”

Thomas Ritzer says the verdict doesn’t bring “true justice.” He says the family will still be reminded of the crimes as Chism appeals the case and is eligible for parole at some point.

Ritzer, who was joined by his wife and Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, says the trial’s end marks a new phase of their lives, in which they hope to honor their 24-year-old daughter’s legacy.

Chism’s family declined to talk to reporters after the verdict was read Tuesday.

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