Posted in Boston Marathon Attack, Posted: Wed, April 24 2013 at 1:48 PM, Updated: Wed, April 24 2013 at 4:47 PM
Two young men about the same age apparently crossed paths last Thursday night in the Kendall Square area, on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One was an MIT police officer known for his extraordinary ease at building relationships with foreign students. The other was an immigrant from the Caucasus.
Perhaps if they'd met in a different circumstance, Tamerlan Tsarnaev would have taken a liking to Officer Sean A. Collier. Everybody else seemed to.
On a campus where 40 percent of graduate students are from other countries, where their experience with police officers may be limited to violent confrontation, students found an exuberant friend in the 27-year-old Collier.
The MIT community mourned Collier on Wednesday with a powerful midday memorial service on the baseball and softball facility, Briggs Field, about a five-minute walk across campus from where he died. Fifteen thousand chairs were filled with a sea of blue caps worn by law enforcement officers from around the nation.
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