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Crowd at Vigil for Late Officer Vows to be ‘Collier Strong’

The streets of Wilmington were lined with residents and police officers who came out to honor the life of slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in the line of duty on Thursday.

On Saturday night, residents said goodbye to one of their own and police officers from across the state saluted the bravery of a member of the thin blue line who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier’s body was brought down Church Street past thousands who lined the street surrounding Wilmington Town Common and waved American flags as a part of an emotional goodbye.

Collier, a Wilmington native and Somerville resident, was honored during a candlelight vigil following the procession. Members of the Collier family attended the event, and sobbed at times as their loved one was recalled.

“(Sean) is such an amazing man. A better man than I will ever be. And he was taken from us too early,” said Sean’s brother, Andrew Collier. “Sean is not in that casket. Sean will continue to live on and his legacy will continue to live on. You all will remember Sean, you will all talk about that time the police officer was tragically killed. And you will remember that and continue to do good. And because of that these terrorists will never win. They will never break down the United States, they will never break down Boston and they will never break down Wilmington.” read more


Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 21, 2013 at 7:18 am

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Boston Faith Leaders Share Music, Words of Peace at Marathon Vigil

Boston Marathon vigil attendees light candles at the conclusion of the service at Arlington Street Church on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Religious leaders from Boston’s Back Bay area offered words of peace, faith and strength for those struggling to cope in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing during an interdenominational service and candlelight vigil held Tuesday at Arlington Street Church in downtown Boston.

Held just two blocks from where two explosions Monday afternoon left three dead and around 146 people injured, the church vigil drew a crowd of several hundred who filled pews and balcony seats to hear music, poetry and prayer.

The Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie, Arlington Street Church’s senior minister, welcomed the crowd and asked anyone who had run the marathon or been involved in the race to stand and be recognized with a long round of applause.

“Yesterday our city was terrorized. Today we gather, heartbroken and angry and afraid,” Harvie said. “But one must not give in to the varying emotions at the root of terrorism. With our presence here at the heart of our heartbroken city we are saying that love is bigger than anger, love is bigger than hate. Love wins.” read more


Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 17, 2013 at 6:46 am

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