The Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer who was shot and killed by the suspects behind the Boston Marathon bombing was the brother of a Hendrick Motorsports employee.
Officer Sean Collier was responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night when he was shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney's office and Cambridge police.
The shooting took place about 10:30 p.m. outside an MIT building, according to state police spokesman Dave Procopio.
"The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Hendrick Motorsports are with Andrew Collier and his family," a statement on Hendrick Motorsports' website stated. "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."
At a news conference in Kansas City, Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson called it," A very sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family, and I certainly know that it's the same thing for all of Henrdrick Motorsports."
Johnson also said,"We're one big family. It's sad and unfortunate to see a fellow team mate and his family go through such a tough time."
Andrew Collier, 25, joined Hendrick Motorsports in September 2008.
MIT said on its website right after the shooting that police were sweeping the campus in Cambridge and urged people to remain indoors until further notice. People were urged to stay away from the Stata Building, a mixed use building with faculty offices, classrooms and a common area.
Hours later, MIT said the campus was clear.
The shooting came little more than three days after the twin bombings on the Boston Marathon that killed three people, wounded more than 180 others and led to an increase in security across the city.
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