Slain MIT officer remembered in private service

Posted: 04/23/13 at 5:40 am EDT      Last Updated: 04/23/13 at 10:54 pm EDT

STONEHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- Gray skies and rainy weather reflected a somber mood outside St. Patrick’s Church, where family, friends and colleagues gathered to say goodbye to MIT Officer Sean Collier.

Collier, 27, was killed Thursday night while on duty. He was allegedly ambushed and shot to death by the two alleged marathon bombing suspects.

Officers from across the north shore and state police lined the road as the hearse pulled in front of the Stoneham church, a town deeply affected by last week’s attacks.

“There’s several people who lost limbs and were burned in our town and we know their families and it’s just been hard to see how many people we know directly affected. It’s very sad,” said one woman.

Family members said the news of Officer Collier’s death was like a nightmare come true. They said he will be remembered for his compassion and dedication to helping people.

A memorial service is also scheduled for Wednesday at 12 p.m. on MIT’s campus. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend. Seating for this service is limited to law enforcement officials and members of the MIT community with MIT IDs.

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