Just when it looked like things couldn't get much worse this week, it did. Last night, MIT police officer Sean Collier, was killed in his police cruiser by the Marathon Bombers. Sean was one of our 2010 4th Annual Project Smile Date Auction bachelors. He was a graduate of the MTA police academy which is were I usually go to recruit bachelors for our largest fundraiser. I only had a few interactions with Sean, but I could tell what a nice person he was. It takes a brave soul to go up on stage and put yourself up for auction. I'm always grateful for those who care enough to support our event and our efforts.
It is heartbreaking for all those who were killed and injured, but there is something particularly horrifying about this loss. Sean's roommate, another police officer, was also a bachelor in our Date Auction. It is so sad to think of these people who are gone who had their whole lives ahead of them and were just starting out. This has been a horrifying week of needless violence. It is a relief to know that the criminals have been captured/killed, at least we can relax and not worry about finding those responsible. The police and other law enforcement authorities did an amazing job and we're all grateful for their hard work.
My heart goes out to Sean's family, friends and all those who knew and loved him. May his soul rest in peace.