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Police, citizens honor officer killed during hunt for Boston bombing suspects

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The Boston Red Sox line up during a tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath, as an image of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier is displayed on the scoreboard, before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Boston on Saturday.

Police officers lined streets in Boston on Saturday evening to honor Officer Sean Collier, who authorities say was killed by the Boston bombing suspects.

Collier’s body was released by the medical examiner’s office and taken to a funeral home in Stoneham, NBC station WHDH of Boston reported. Officers flocked to Albany Street to pay their respects as the hearse passed by, the station said.

Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil for Collier Saturday night at the town common in Wilmington. And the Boston Red Sox paid tribute to him and other victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath before a game against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

Collier, 26, of Somerville, Mass., was an officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was found shot in his vehicle on the campus late Thursday night as authorities pursued two brothers named as suspects in Monday's deadly marathon attack. One of the men was killed in a shootout with police and the other captured Friday night.

In a statement, Collier’s family said they were "heartbroken."

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Nicole Collier Lynch, sister of slain MIT police officer Sean Collier, hugs a Wellesley police officer during a vigil at the town common in Wilmington, Mass., on Saturday evening.

"Our only solace is that Sean died bravely doing what he committed his life to — serving and protecting others," the statement read.

In an MIT press release Friday, Police Chief John DiFava described Collier as "a dedicated officer who was extremely well liked by his colleagues and the MIT community."

Collier, who wasn't married, had been a patrol officer at MIT since Jan. 9, 2012, according to the university.

Collier's family asked for donations to be made in his name to The Jimmy Fund, which supports the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.


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