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Remembering fallen MIT officer Sean Collier

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A day before a memorial service is set to honor the MIT police officer killed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, his siblings remembered a kind and charitable brother who was dedicated to his work.

Sean Collier, 26, was found shot to death in his vehicle on the MIT campus on April 18, allegedly at the hands of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to travel to Cambridge, Mass., for Collier’s memorial service on Wednesday. In an interview that aired TODAY Tuesday, Savannah Guthrie spoke with Collier’s sisters, Jennifer Lemmerman and Nicole Lynch, brother Andrew Collier, and step-siblings Jennifer and Robert Rogers.

“It was a nightmare come true,’’ Lynch told Guthrie. “I think everybody is just going through the motions right now and pulling together for Sean because that’s what he would want us to do.”

“I think we are coping as best as we possibly can,’’ Lemmerman said. “We are a very large and close family. We've sort of rallied together at our parents’ house, just spending time together and trying to remember the best parts about Sean.”

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Sean Collier was killed on April 18 while on duty on the campus of MIT.
Collier's siblings said his concern for others was apparent at a young age. Andrew remembered his brother scooping up insects in the house and taking them outside instead of killing them as a kid, as well as his desire to help others.

“Sean was such a good person,’’ Andrew said. “(I remember) stories of being at restaurants and seeing a woman crying and all of us are sitting there kind of just doing our thing eating our Papa Gino's, and Sean just obsessing that my mom needs to go over there and try to help.

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“That really shows from the very start, Sean's just care for other people, and it’s almost something that I took for granted and didn’t realize, but now through his death, I realized how good of a person he was, and I wish I could have told him that while he was still here.”

They also described his instinct to protect, foreshadowing a future career in law enforcement.

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