MIT held a public memorial service Wednesday afternoon for fallen officer Sean Collier on their Briggs Field, where the 26-year-old university police officer was remembered for his commitment to the school community, his love of country music, and his dedication to his job. Vice President Joe Biden closed the ceremony's remarks, offering words of condolence to the family from the perspective of someone who had also lost a child—before offering a scathing indictment of the Tsarnaev brothers' terrorism.
MIT cancelled classes for the service, which brought together members of the MIT community, law enforcement officers, and public officials. A private funeral was held Tuesday. Yesterday, CBS News reported that Collier may have been killed because the Tsarnaev brothers wanted his gun.
Speaking last, Biden invoked his own experience losing his young daughter in a car accident, and condemned the suspects.
"No child should pre-decease their parents and though every loss is different one thing is certain, I know from experience," Biden said, adding: "That sense of hollowness you feel like you are being sucked into a void you can't control. I remember." He comforted the Collier family, saying that there will come a time when there is moment that makes them recall their lost son: "You'll know it's going to be okay," Biden said, "when the first instinct is you get a smile to your lips before you get a tear to your eyes."