The Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus officer killed last night by a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was the brother of an employee at Hendrick Motorsports, the Nascar auto racing team whose drivers include Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Hendrick Motorsports are with Andrew Collier and his family,” the racing team said in a statement on its website. “Andrew, a machinist in the Hendrick Motorsports engine department, tragically lost his brother, Officer Sean Collier, last night in Cambridge, Mass. We ask that the family’s privacy be considered during this difficult time.”
Sean Collier, 26, had been an officer at MIT since January 2012. He was shot last night while responding to reports of a disturbance on campus, according to a statement from Middlesex Acting District Attorney Michael Pelgro. He was found with multiple gunshot wounds and transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Hours after federal investigators released photographs yesterday of two suspects in the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon, police received reports of a carjacking in Cambridge. The carjacking victim was kidnapped before being released about a half-hour later, leading to a police search for the vehicle and a shootout with the two suspects.
One suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old immigrant, escaped during the confrontation in the Boston suburb of Watertown, according to a federal law enforcement official.
Tsarnaev ran over the other suspect, his older brother Tamerlan, during the the Watertown shootout, according to the official.
Public transportation was halted this morning and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick asked all residents of Boston and several surrounding suburbs to stay inside with their doors locked and allow in only police.
Andrew Collier, 25, joined Charlotte, North Carolina-based Hendrick Motorsports in September 2008.
The racing team’s drivers are Johnson, who has five Sprint Cup Series championships and 62 Nascar victories, including February’s Daytona 500; Gordon, who has four championships and 87 wins; Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has 19 wins; and Kasey Kahne, a 15-time winner.