CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - An MIT campus police officer who was slain during the massive manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was well-liked by the department as well as the students, according to police.
According to authorities, Sean Collier, 26, died of a gunshot wound Thursday night after being shot server al times in his vehicle, by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
Sources from MIT say Collier was originally from Wilmington, and lived in Somerville. He worked at MIT for a little over a year, joining his department in January 2012. Before that, he worked at the Somerville Police Department as a civilian employee.
MIT campus police chief John DeFava attested to Collier's character, saying he was a dedicated officer and an integral part of the MIT community.
The school's president L. Rafael Reif said the loss of Collier is "deeply painful".