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Police throng to MIT to honor fallen officer

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology knew Sean A. Collier as their affable campus policeman with a warm smile, the guy who made polite conversation with strangers and reached out to the homeless.

But in death, their everyman police officer, who was allegedly gunned down by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, drew a crowd of more than 15,000 for a 90-minute memorial service on Wednesday that was befitting a head of state.

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