BOSTON (CBS) – It’s been nearly a year since MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed in Cambridge, sparking the hunt for the marathon bombing suspects. While the pain of losing Officer Collier is enormous, his family is determined to live on for him.
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“He definitely had a calling,” Sean’s mother Kelley told WBZ-TV’s Lauren Leamanczyk. “From the time he could really verbalize, he wanted to be a policeman.”
The man Sean Collier would become was evident to his mother even when he was a boy.
“Of course that was back during the Gulf War and so everyone had flags everywhere and he had to salute every flag when he went by,” Kelley said. “If he was in the car, he had to salute.”
One year after the MIT police officer’s murder, there is gratitude he got to fulfill that calling and frustration over what might have been. “There’s also a very deep sadness that his life got chopped down at such a young age,” Kelley says. “And what would he have accomplished had he lived.”
The honors for Officer Collier have piled up at the family’s home. Some framed others waiting to be. But it’s over a cup of tea and coffee. With frequent bursts of laughter that another sort of tribute takes place.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports