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Concord Man Remembers Brother Killed in Wake of Boston Bombings

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Tuesday marks one year since the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Three days after that tragedy, police say the same suspects ambushed and killed a police officer at MIT. The brother of that officer lives in Cabarrus County.

The day Sean Collier graduated from the police academy must have been special because his brother says he’s never seen him smile as big as he did in a photograph from that day. Andrew Collier says Sean never talked about being anything else but a police officer. Andrew said, “It was very black and white to him. It was, ‘This is right, and this is wrong, and you’ve got to stay to the right, and you can’t go to the wrong.”

Andrew Collier bonded with his brother through racing. They were only two years apart in age. Collier says, “We just were constantly together. We did everything together.”

Andrew’s whole family lives in Boston, so when he heard about the bombings at the Boston Marathon, he thought of all of them. He said, “It was around four o’clock. I got a text form my mom that said, ‘You’re going to hear about bombs going off at the Boston Marathon finish line. Sean is ok.”

Three days later police say the same men responsible for the bombings shot and killed Sean while he was on patrol. Andrew says, “I really think I just said, ‘No’ like a hundred times. There was no other word or thought.”

Tori Tornatore, Andrew’s fiancee, said, “I knew something was wrong, and he was like, ‘We have to go. Sean’s dead. We have to go.”

Andrew said, “It felt like I was going to wake up, and obviously it just didn’t happen.” Andrew has been dealing with the pain by trying to help others. He wants a law that creates a holiday for first responders. The following is a link to a petition to create the holiday https://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-congress-designate-a-national-holiday-honoring-America-s-first-responders

Andrew said, “I decided that that’s something that needs to happen, not only for my brother but all police officers, firefighters, E-M-Ts.”

Sean lived for serving others, and that’s how his brother wants him to be remembered. He said, “He did it, because it was the right thing, and for no other reason than that.”


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