MIT will be honoring the life of fallen police officer Sean Collier on Wednesday, April 24, at 12 p.m. with a memorial service at Briggs Field. The event is expected to bring thousands of law enforcement agents together from across the country, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, who will be speaking alongside MIT President Rafael Reif, MIT Police Chief John DiFava and a member of the Collier family.
The Institute has cancelled classes tomorrow, and announced road and parking closures. The service is not open to the general public; only law enforcement and members of the MIT community with an MIT ID and government-issued photo ID may attend.
The community has been asked to refrain from bringing bags to the event, “as they are subject to search and will slow entry to the field for all attendees.” The security line for entrance will open at 10 a.m. via Amherst alley, and all will need to be seated by 11:30 a.m. for security purposes.
The City of Cambridge has announced road closures for tomorrow related to the service, which include:
- Vassar St: between Audrey St. and Mass. Ave. Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 6 a.m.
- Mass. Ave: from Albany St. toward Boston Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 7 a.m.
- Memorial Drive: between Mass. Ave. and B.U. Bridge Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 12 a.m.
- Mass. Ave. Bridge into Cambridge: Wednesday, Apr. 24, at 7 a.m.
MIT reports the following parking facilities will also be closed tomorrow:
- West Garage
- West Lot
- Westgate Lot
- Westgate Lowrise
- W91 Lot
- W92 Garage and Lot
- Amherst Street
- Audrey Street
- Danforth Street
- Endicott Street
- Fowler Street
MIT employees who park in the above West Campus facilities are asked to take public transportation to campus tomorrow. If public transportation is not an option, however, parking and shuttle service has been arranged from Harvard Stadium between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Those who park in the below lots are also being asked to relocate their vehicles by 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, until tomorrow at 7 p.m.:
- 252 Albany St. Lot
- 65 Waverly St. Lot
- 117 Waverly St. Lot
The death of 26-year-old Collier is currently under investigation. He is reported to have been shot by one or both of the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing–one of whom is dead and the other in custody.
The community has since banded together following the tragedy on Thursday night. During Collier’s escort home, officers lined the streets in salute. Students have also made a makeshift memorial on campus in his memory, and the Institute has announced they are establishing a Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund to support a “Collier Medal,” which will be awarded “to individuals who demonstrate Collier’s values.”
Below are images of the support being shown.