Vice President Biden to Attend MIT Memorial for Officer Sean Collier
As many as 10,000 people are expected to attend a memorial service for Sean Collier, the young MIT police officer killed last Thursday evening. Though it has not been confirmed, police believe Collier was shot by one or both of the Boston Marathon bombers as he sat in his cruiser.
The memorial service will be held on MIT's campus Wednesday and is only open to MIT students and law enforcement officers from around the country. Several dignitaries will be on hand including Vice President Biden and his wife Jill, Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
In addition to the service, the MIT police department has set up a memorial fund to establish the "Collier Medal" to be given to police officers who "demonstrate the values of Officer Collier." Collier was a young officer who was well liked by students for his outgoing and helpful personality. Student groups he was involved in have already set up their own memorial pages for him.
The MIT police department has set up a condolences page to honor Collier with the url officer179.mit.edu. Though only two days old, the page has already collected over 1,100 messages from students, parents, alumni and law enforcement officers around the country.