CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WWLP) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) spoke Wednesday at a memorial service for murdered MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. She spoke about the character of the officer, and how Massachusetts and the country are moving forward from the Boston Marathon bombing attacks.
Sen. Warren's remarks are as follows:
To Sean Collier's family, to his friends, to his brothers and sisters in the police force, and to the entire MIT family, there are no words that can relieve the weight of your sorrow. There are no actions that can replace what you have lost.
Scripture tells us, "I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came."
Last week, here in our community, trouble came.
Trouble came to Copley on Monday, when terror rocked a day of celebration.
Trouble came to Boston on Tuesday and Wednesday, as cowards hid from justice.
And then, on Thursday, trouble came to Cambridge.
Today, we remember Officer Sean Collier.
Today, we grieve together. We hurt together. We pray together.
Sean was a model for how police officers should serve. He knew that a strong, secure community requires more of its police than just to stand guard, it requires them to be full members of the community. He knew almost instinctively that trust, cooperation, friendship, and generosity are the hallmarks not only of community, but also of true strength.
This spirit marked his service.
He was a young man who was so inspired to help, that he saw police work as a calling. A young man who was so friendly, that he was known all across campus. A young man whose dedication was so great, that after visiting campus dance groups, he decided to learn how to swing dance so he could better connect with the students whose safety was his responsibility. That was Sean.
Sean's life was infused with this spirit of service - that protection, that strength, could come only from giving himself fully.
It is that same spirit we saw in the firefighters, police officers, EMS, and Guard, coordinating the first response and turning peril into protection.
It is that same spirit we saw in the world-class hospitals - doctors and nurses and support staff - who worked through the day and the night and the day again, and who made the difference between life and death.
It is that same spirit we saw in our mayor and our governor, who provided resolute leadership in the face of great anxiety.
It is that same spirit we saw in Officer Richard Donohue, who rushed to Watertown when trouble struck and who remains hospitalized.
It is that same spirit we saw in a city locked down by the terror of a few, but lifted up by the courage of many.
And it is that same spirit we see here today - in the thousands of men and women of law enforcement, from all across the country, who have come to mourn, to honor, and to celebrate one of their finest.
We are strong. Boston is strong. America is strong. But the true source of our strength and resilience is our spirit. Our recognition that we are united, we are connected, we are one. And that when we serve each other, when we give of ourselves, we grow ever stronger.
Sean lived each day with this spirit of service - and his life reminds us to bring that same spirit to our own.
It is now my honor to introduce another man who has lived his life with this spirit, and who has always understood that service to each other makes our communities, and our country, stronger.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Vice President of the United States.