CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Family members of the Transit police officer who was shot and critically wounded early Friday morning while chasing the two men wanted for the Boston Marathon bombings are thanking people for their prayers.

Officer Richard Donohue, Jr., 33, remained at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge on Saturday, where he was in serious condition, according to a statement released Saturday by his family.

“We thank the people of Boston and the nation for the prayers and support they are sending to Richard and to our family,” the statement read in part. “Please continue to pray for Richard, a wonderful father, husband, son and brother, and a dedicated police officer who loves his work and helping people.”

Family members also sent condolences and prayers to the family of MIT police officer Sean Collier, who was shot and killed Thursday night, allegedly by one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Collier and Donohue knew each other. They were classmates for law enforcement training.

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