Officer killed on MIT campus near Boston

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by Ben Brumfield & AP

CNN

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 1:45 PM

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer said to have been shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been identified as 26-year-old Sean Collier.

The Middlesex district attorney's office says Collier was a Somerville resident who had worked at MIT since January 2012. Before that, he was a civilian employee of the Somerville Police Department.

MIT Police Chief John DiFava says Collier was a dedicated officer who was liked by his colleagues and the MIT community.

Collier was found shot several times in his vehicle in Cambridge at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Authorities say he was shot by the two suspects in Monday's marathon bombings.

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