BPD, community pay tribute to fallen MIT officer Sean Collier
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boston Police stood at attention on Albany Street from East Canton Street to the Expressway in a tribute to MIT Officer Sean Collier.
Officer Collier was shot multiple times in a late night confrontation with the two men responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects on Thursday night.
A vigil was held on Saturday night at the town common in Wilmington. Those wishing to pay their respects were on the common lighting candles as the escort drove by, giving them the chance to say their good-byes.
Officer Collier’s procession comes to an end at a funeral home in Stoneham. At 6:30 on Saturday evening, Officer Collier’s body was released by the medical examiner’s office and was met by an emotional scene as officers lined Albany Street for the young man’s final journey home.
7News was told that Officer Collier always wanted to be a police officer. He joined the MIT Police force in 2012 and was months away from putting on a Somerville Police uniform when he was shot and killed in his police cruiser in Cambridge. He graduated Salem State in 2009 where he studied criminal justice.
The Somerville police chief said Officer Collier was not only a member of the department - but a member of their family.
Officer Collier’s family released a statement saying, “We are heartbroken by the loss of our wonderful and caring son and brother, Sean Collier. Our only solace is that Sean died bravely doing what he committed his life to - serving others.”