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Slain MIT officer memorialized at campus service

Wednesday - 4/24/2013, 6:18pm  ET

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Thousands of mourners -- including MIT students, faculty and staff, and law enforcement officials from across the nation -- have paid their respects to a campus police officer who authorities say was ambushed in his cruiser by the Boston Marathon bombers three days after the bombings.

A line of mourners stretched for a half mile, waiting to get into the memorial for Sean Collier. They made their way through tight security, including metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs.

Speaking at the memorial at the school's Cambridge campus, Vice President Joe Biden referred to the bombing suspects as "two twisted, perverted, cowardly knockoff jihadis." He said terrorists attack the United States to try to get it to abandon what it values most -- its open society and its system of justice.

He told the family of the slain officer that he hoped they would derive some comfort from today's memorial service.

The officer's brother, Andrew Collier, says he was "born to be a police officer and lived out his dream." He says his brother would have loved everything about this day -- including the bagpipes and the American flag.

Boston native James Taylor led a sing-along of "Shower the People."

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222-w-37-(Diane Kepley, AP correspondent, with Rob Rogers, brother of Sean Collier, Vice President Biden and James Taylor)--Slain MIT police officer Sean Collier has been honored at a memorial service in Cambridge. AP correspondent Diane Kepley reports. (24 Apr 2013)

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204-a-12-(Chief John DiFava (dih-FAH'-vuh), MIT campus police, at memorial service for slain MIT Campus Police Officer Sean Collier)-"wearing the uniform"-MIT Campus Police Chief John DiFava says Sean Collier was a man of character. (24 Apr 2013)

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203-a-15-(Vice President Joe Biden, at memorial service for slain MIT Campus Police Officer Sean Collier)-"a good man (second reference)"-Vice President Biden praises slain MIT Campus Police Officer Sean Collier at his public memorial service. (24 Apr 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Members of a police honor guard at memorial service for Sean Collier, MIT officer killed in the line of duty during altercation with suspects in 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Cambridge, Massachusetts, graphic element on gray (24 Apr 2013)

APPHOTO BX106: This photo provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, law enforcement officers assemble at a memorial service for fallen Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus officer Sean Collier at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Collier was fatally shot on campus Thursday, April 18, 2013. Authorities allege that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were responsible. (AP Photo/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dominick Reuter) (24 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO BX103: In a photo provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a memorial service for fallen MIT police officer Sean Collier on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass., Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Collier was fatally shot on campus Thursday, April 18, 2013. Authorities allege that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were responsible. (AP Photo/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dominick Reuter) (24 Apr 2013)

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