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Members of the Rhode Island State Police Attend Memorial Service for MIT Police Officer Sean Collier

Contact: Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent Telephone: (401) 444-1120

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on Wednesday, April 24th, more than thirty members of the Rhode Island State Police attended the memorial service for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier at the school's Cambridge, Massachusetts campus.

The memorial service was open to the MIT community and members of law enforcement. Approximately 10,000 people were expected at the service. Officer Collier was shot and killed on the MIT campus near Kendall Square in Cambridge last Thursday. Authorities believe that this crime was committed by one or both of the men, who have been named as the prime suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell and thirty members of the Rhode Island State Police joined law enforcement from around the nation to attend today's memorial service. Colonel O'Donnell said that Officer Collier was killed doing what law enforcement officers do every dayŚresponding to calls for service. Members of the Rhode Island State Police wanted to join their colleagues from around the nation to honor their fallen comrade, who paid the ultimate price for just being a police officer.

Colonel O'Donnell asked that all Rhode Islanders take a moment to reflect on the service that members of law enforcement provide every day. He said that his thoughts and prayers are with Officer Collier's family and the entire MIT community.

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police


Release date: 04-24-2013

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