Scholarship honoring slain police officer awarded for first time

SALEM — It has been five years since Sean Collier, an MIT police Officer and Salem State University graduate, was killed by the Boston Marathon terrorists.

Now, after years of fundraising, a Salem State University scholarship fund created in his memory will start cutting checks for students aspiring to lead by his example.

Collier, a 2009 graduate of Salem State, was on patrol for the campus police department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on April 18, 2013 when he was shot and killed by Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombers. Collier was 26 years old.

His death hit hard at Salem State, where Collier had been “a very popular student in the college and leader in the class,” said Ed LeClaire, a criminal justice professor at Salem State.

“Sean was a police officer that represented everything we at Salem State University designed into the program,” LeClaire said. “He was the epitome of a

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