Prior to their preseason home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night, the New England Patriots honored fallen MIT police officer Sean Collier with a moment of silence. In the ceremony, fans along with Police officers from the Boston Metro area paid tribute to the fallen officer while his picture, name, birth year, and death year flashed on the Gillette Stadium jumbotron.
This was a tremendous, heartfelt ceremony for all involved. It was nice to see that Collier would still be honored in such a big way at this stage, given that it has been several months since the horrific Boston Bombings. It speaks to how much a tragedy like the bombing still resonates with the region of New England.
As everyone knows by now, two bombs were detonated during the Boston Marathon this past April, killing three people, not including Collier, who died a few days later in a separate incident. In the bombings, over 260 more people were injured. Many of the injuries were extremely horrific as many people had lost limbs by the time the chaos ended.
For those that do not know about Collier specifically, he was gunned down in his police cruiser after responding to a noise complaint. It turned out later, that it was all part of an elaborate plan by the bombers to steal his gun. The 27-year-old was simply doing his job when he was senselessly killed by two cowards, Djokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The tribute shows that the events of that day and the days that followed will never be forgotten. It is important to never forget the pain and suffering that both the dead, the living, and their families went through and the living continue to go through to this day. My heart continues to go out to all of the victims and their families more than fours months after this unspeakable tragedy. Rest in peace Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, and Sean Collier.