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Slain MIT Officer Identified

April 19, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of MIT.
Photo courtesy of MIT.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has identified the officer allegedly killed Thursday night in a confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Officer Sean Collier, 26, had served with the MIT Police since Jan. 9, 2012. He joined the agency after serving with the Somerville Police Department, according to MIT.

"Sean was one of these guys who really looked at police work as a calling," said MIT Police Chief John DiFava. "He was born to be a police officer."

Collier was fatally shot at the corner of Vassar and Main streets in Cambridge on the MIT campus between the State Center and David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

He was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was single and a native of Wilmington, Mass.

Tags: Boston Marathon Bombing, Campus Safety, Duty Deaths


Comments (12)

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Adam @ 4/19/2013 11:32 AM

Rest in peace hero

Trigger @ 4/18/2013 6:27 PM

Brother Sean thank you for your service and sacrifice, may you rest in peace. May the Good Lord hold you close.

John Carp @ 4/19/2013 6:33 PM

May God bless you brother! Rest In Peace You did your very best!

Adrian Stroud @ 4/18/2013 6:45 PM

Thank You for your bravery. Rest in peace Brother.

Retired NY Boss @ 4/19/2013 7:36 PM

Rest in Peace my brother.

Steven @ 4/19/2013 7:40 PM

Rest in Peace brother. God bless you and your family.

DaveS55 @ 4/19/2013 10:24 PM

May God Bless you and family (Team). "Here lies or flying from above a person who made the hard decisions and who made a difference in the community and life for those who follow...This spirit will always be present in others to carry it forward!

Dave-POB-Somerville MA

Charles Beckom @ 4/20/2013 5:56 AM

A fellow officer and a brother 10-7 last call. You will be in my heart and memory all time. God bless your family and fellow officers. May you rest in peace and watch over us.

Tim @ 4/20/2013 5:36 PM

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch from here.

NJmotorcop @ 4/21/2013 6:06 AM

RIP Brother!

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/22/2013 7:56 PM

Rest in Peace, but the reports of who killed this officer are still murky.

Bill Evans @ 4/23/2013 8:08 AM

The Rockhurst University Security Department as well as all members of our campus community want to express their condolences to the MIT Police Department and its members on the death of one of their own. Officer Colliers sacrifice is recognized and appreciated by those who follow the same path everyday as well as by those who are served by his and his colleagues efforts everywhere. Thanks, God be with you.

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