• Situated on the site where Officer Sean Collier was killed on April 18, 2013, the Collier Memorial is composed of 32 blocks of granite that form a five-way stone vault. The smooth, curved vault contains the inscription: “In the line of duty, Sean Collier, April 18, 2013.”

    Situated on the site where Officer Sean Collier was killed on April 18, 2013, the Collier Memorial is composed of 32 blocks of granite that form a five-way stone vault. The smooth, curved vault contains the inscription: “In the line of duty, Sean Collier, April 18, 2013.”

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  • Officers salute moments before a convoy of four MIT Police cruisers pulled away from the Collier Memorial, symbolically opening it to the MIT community.

    Officers salute moments before a convoy of four MIT Police cruisers pulled away from the Collier Memorial, symbolically opening it to the MIT community.

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  • During the Pledge of Allegiance at today's dedication of the Collier Memorial: (from left) John DiFava, MIT's director of campus services and chief of police; Cambridge Mayor David Maher; MIT President L. Rafael Reif; and MIT Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz.

    During the Pledge of Allegiance at today's dedication of the Collier Memorial: (from left) John DiFava, MIT's director of campus services and chief of police; Cambridge Mayor David Maher; MIT President L. Rafael Reif; and MIT Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz.

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  • Sean Collier's brother, Rob Rogers — who worked on the memorial for construction manager Suffolk Construction — was among many family members in attendance today.

    Sean Collier's brother, Rob Rogers — who worked on the memorial for construction manager Suffolk Construction — was among many family members in attendance today.

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  • Professor J. Meejin Yoon, head of MIT's Department of Architecture, designed the Collier Memorial.

    Professor J. Meejin Yoon, head of MIT's Department of Architecture, designed the Collier Memorial.

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  • Attendees gathered around and inside the newly opened Collier Memorial at the conclusion of today's ceremony.

    Attendees gathered around and inside the newly opened Collier Memorial at the conclusion of today's ceremony.

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  • Israel Ruiz, MIT's Executive Vice President and Treasurer (center), shook hands with John DiFava, MIT's director of campus services and chief of police, following the dedication ceremony.

    Israel Ruiz, MIT's Executive Vice President and Treasurer (center), shook hands with John DiFava, MIT's director of campus services and chief of police, following the dedication ceremony.

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  • MIT President L. Rafael Reif and his wife, Christine, greeted members of the MIT Police after the ceremony.

    MIT President L. Rafael Reif and his wife, Christine, greeted members of the MIT Police after the ceremony.

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  • The smooth, curved vault of the granite memorial is supported by five radial walls. Members of the MIT community gathered around and inside the structure following today's ceremony.

    The smooth, curved vault of the granite memorial is supported by five radial walls. Members of the MIT community gathered around and inside the structure following today's ceremony.

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Slideshow: Thousands gather for dedication of Collier Memorial

Situated on the site where Officer Sean Collier was killed on April 18, 2013, the Collier Memorial is composed of 32 blocks of granite that form a five-way stone vault. The smooth, curved vault contains the inscription: “In the line of duty, Sean Collier, April 18, 2013.”

Ceremony marks official opening of granite structure in honor of MIT officer slain in 2013.


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Thousands of members of the MIT community gathered today for the dedication of the Institute’s memorial to Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was killed in the line of duty two years ago this month.

Attendees heard remarks from Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz; President L. Rafael Reif; Cambridge Mayor David Maher; John DiFava, director of campus services and chief of police; and Professor J. Meejin Yoon, head of the Department of Architecture, who designed the memorial.

Situated on the site where Collier was shot and killed on April 18, 2013, the Collier Memorial is composed of 32 blocks of granite that form a five-way stone vault. Inspired by the shape of an open hand, the vault is supported by five radial walls.

The smooth, curved vault contains the inscription: “In the line of duty, Sean Collier, April 18, 2013.” Carved into a south-facing wall on one of the radial arms is a quote from a eulogy delivered by Rob Rogers, Collier’s brother, at an MIT memorial service on April 24, 2013: “Live long like he would. Big hearts, big smiles, big service, all love.”

In the program for today’s event, Yoon described the structure as follows: “The vaulted design of the Sean Collier Memorial embodies structural principles in its material configuration and symbolizes generosity as service. This didactic visualization of forces is consistent with MIT’s ethos of openness and transparency, while the idea that all five walls are needed to achieve a stable form is symbolic of a community coalescing to commemorate a loss. The permanent Collier Memorial will offer our community the opportunity to remember Officer Collier’s life and to honor his service as it reminds us of our values: openness in the face of threat, unity through diversity, and strength through community.”


Topics: Sean Collier, Campus buildings and architecture, Architecture, Civil and environmental engineering, School of Architecture and Planning, School of Engineering, Administration, Community, Facilities

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