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BOSTON (WPRI) – The city of Boston and Americans across the country paused earlier this week to mark one year since the Boston Marathon bombings. Now, on Friday, the Boston Strong nation stopped once again to pay tribute to a different, though just as solemn, anniversary.
Sean Collier, a 27-year-old police officer stationed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., was shot and killed exactly one year ago, allegedly at the hands of the two marathon bombing suspects. The MIT police chief described Collier as a “dedicated officer who was extremely well-liked by his colleagues.”
It was emotional as a large crowd from the MIT community gathered together. Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke in honor of Collier as well as friends of the fallen officer.
“We remember that week. We remember officer Collier. We remember our loss, and we look to heal and to restore our spirit,” said Warren.
Friday morning’s memorial services also serves as a fundraiser for the Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund. The fund, which has already raised more than $500,000, will be used to pay for scholarships at both MIT and the Massachusetts Police Academy.
Designs for a permanent memorial were also unveiled at the ceremony.