“We are heartbroken by the loss of our wonderful and caring son and brother, Sean Collier. Our only solace is that Sean died bravely doing what he committed his life to – serving and protecting others. We are thankful for the outpouring of support and condolences offered by so many people. We are grieving his loss and ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.”
At Salem State, Collier made a lasting impression.
“If I were to have predicted one student who would spend a lifetime of exemplary service and making extraordinary contributions to law enforcement, it would have been Sean Collier,” Carol Facella, a criminal justice professor, wrote in a statement.
“Sean will continue to be an inspiration and model for all of us at Salem State University. His spirit will live on in all of us.”
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.