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MIT community remembers fallen Officer Sean Collier


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. ( -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology community honored Officer Sean Collier with a ceremony Friday.

The event featured several speakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Ed Markey. Collier's friends and colleagues also spoke.

Sara Ferry, a friend of Collier, said he embodied the spirit of MIT and its students. She said she was not unique because she was Collier's friend, since Sean befriended many people on campus.

"When Sean left, love rushed in," said Ferry. "Those who knew him vowed to honor him by emulating his best qualities."

Plans for permanent memorials to Collier were also announced. Cambridge Mayor David Maher said the corner of Vassar and Main streets will now be known as Officer Sean Collier Square.

J. Meejin Yoon, an Associate Professor of Architecture at MIT, explained the layout of a permanent memorial. One wall of the memorial will be inscribed with the words, "Live long, like he would. Big smiles, big heart, big service, all love." Collier's brother first said those words in his eulogy.

Plans and renderings for a permanent memorial to the fallen officer were unveiled at the ceremony.

Sean Collier died on April 18, 2013. Investigators allege Collier was fatally shot by the accused Boston Marathon bombers while sitting inside his cruiser.