ボストン爆弾事件で、犠牲になったcampus police officerの追悼記事です。これからまだいろいろなことがあったのに...さぞかし悔しいことでしょう。ご冥福を祈ります。
MIT’s fallen officer built enduring connections
When MIT Police Chief John DiFava heard that a very promising young officer named Sean Collier probably would get a call he had long been hoping for — an invitation to join the Somerville Police Department — the chief pushed him to stay.
Collier wasn’t just there for the salary. He had a knack for earning people’s trust, for building rapport with the community he policed. DiFava knew Collier’s departure would be a significant loss for MIT.
Then, near the end of his shift Thursday night, Collier, 26, was shot multiple times in a late-night confrontation with, law enforcement officials believe, the two young men responsible for the deadly Boston Marathon bombings. Collier was later declared dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“Besides this being absolutely heart wrenching,” DiFava said Friday, “it’s also a tremendous loss of a huge talent.”
On Friday afternoon, American flags began to appear on a cordoned-off block of Curtis Street in Somerville as the news spread that Collier had been killed.
“He was the guy who went to help,” the roommate said. “The best guy got shot down.’’
In a statement, Collier’s family expressed their grief.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of our wonderful and caring son and brother, Sean Collier,” the family wrote. “Our only solace is that Sean died bravely doing what he committed his life to — serving and protecting others. We are thankful for the outpouring of support and condolences offered by so many people.”