Charlotte Family of Slain MIT Officer Say He Died Bravely

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by WCCB News

 The MIT officer allegedly killed earlier today by the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing has a brother who lives and works in Charlotte.  Hendrick Motorsports says Andrew Collier is a machinist in their Motorsports Engine Department.

The 25-year-old brother of 26-year-old MIT police officer Sean Collier began working for the company in 2008.  Hendrick Motorsports operates Jimmie Johnson's racing team.  Johnson offered prayers for the family ahead of this weekend's race in Kansas City.  "We're one big family," he says, "and it's sad and unfortunate to see a fellow teammate and his family going through such a tough time."

Collier's family released a statement that said they are heartbroken.  They believe he died bravely, while serving and protecting others.

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