MIT to create memorial fund for slain police officer Sean Collier

SOURCE: Boston Police Department via Twitter

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will create a memorial fund to honor police officer Sean Collier, who was shot and killed by the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects late Thursday night.

Collier, 26, was sitting in his cruiser when he was ambushed by the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings – identified as Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – near the corner of Vassar Street and Main Street on the MIT campus in Cambridge. He was rushed Massachusetts General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Read more: Boston Marathon bombing suspect captured alive after leaving a trail of bloodshed in Cambridge, Watertown

MIT police officer Sean Collier. SOURCE: MIT.edu

MIT police officer Sean Collier. SOURCE: MIT.edu

MIT President L. Rafael Reif on Monday announced the creation of the Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund, which will support the Collier Medal award for “individuals who demonstrate Collier’s values.” Please visit https://giving.mit.edu/givenow/update-gift.dyn to donate to the fund. MIT will also hold a memorial service to honor Collier on Wednesday at noon. The service, which will be held at Briggs Field, is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees. Read more: Arsenal of explosives suggests Tsarnaev brothers may have planned more bombings Collier’s killing sparked a violent car pursuit and intense manhunt that resulted in the death of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the capture of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown on Friday. “The suspects came to our attention after a vicious assassination of a police officer at MIT,” said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. Davis told the Boston Globe that Collier’s death may have prevented the two suspects from carrying more bombing attacks. Police found multiple explosive devices – including a pressure cooker bomb similar to the ones used in the Boston Marathon bombings – at the site of the shootout and inside Tsarnaev’s getaway car. “I believe that tragically [Collier] lost his life, but he was truly protecting the citizens of the city,” Davis told the Globe. MIT Police Chief John DiFava praised Collier’s service. “Sean was one of those guys who really looked at police work as a calling,” DiFava said. “He was born to be a police officer.” Before joining the MIT police department in January 2012, Collier served as a civilian Records Clerk with the Somerville Police Department. He also volunteered hundreds of hours of service as a member of the Somerville Auxiliary Police between 2006 and 2009. “MIT police officer Sean Collier was our friend and colleague,” according to a statement released by the Somerville Police Department. “In his short time with us, he had a great and lasting impact.”

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