CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - It was an emotional goodbye for the MIT campus police officer who authorities say was ambushed in his cruiser by the Boston Marathon bombers.
Thousands of mourners paid their respects to officer Sean Collier Wednesday, including MIT students, faculty and staff, and law enforcement officials from across the nation.
Speaking at the memorial at the school's Cambridge campus, Vice President Joe Biden referred to the bombing suspects as "two twisted, perverted, cowardly knockoff jihadis."
Biden told Collier's parents that he hopes they find some solace in their extreme grief through today's large memorial service in their son's honor.
Collier's brother Rob Rogers also spoke at the memorial.
"People have asked me if Sean were here what would he think," said Rogers. "Are you kidding me? He would love this, the sirens, flashing lights, formations, people saluting, bagpipes, taps, the American Flag. He would have loved it. He was born to be a police officer and he lived out his dreams."
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