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April 19, 2013

Slain MIT officer was Salem State graduate

SALEM —

The MIT police officer who was shot and killed by a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is a graduate of Salem State University.

The officer has been identified as 26-year-old Sean Collier.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that Sean Collier, a member of Salem State’s class of 2009, was killed last night in the line of duty," a university spokesperson said.

"He was a campus police officer at MIT. Sean received a criminal justice degree and graduated with honors. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Sean’s family as well as all those affected by the recent tragic events in Boston.”

The Middlesex district attorney's office says Collier was a Somerville resident who had worked at MIT since January 2012. Before that, he was a civilian employee of the Somerville Police Department.

MIT Police Chief John DiFava says Collier was a dedicated officer who was liked by his colleagues and the MIT community.

Collier was found shot several times in his vehicle in Cambridge at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Authorities say he was shot by the two suspects in Monday's marathon bombings.

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. 

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