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A young college police officer has been identified by authorities as the latest casualty of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, was an officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He was found shot in his vehicle on the campus late Thursday night as authorities pursued two brothers named as suspects in Monday's deadly marathon attack.
MIT Police Chief John DiFava described Collier as "a dedicated officer who was extremely well liked by his colleagues and the MIT community" in a press release on Friday.
Collier received multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Middlesex District Attorney in Massachusetts. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Collier crossed paths with the two suspects, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, at approximately 10:20 p.m. Thursday night - roughly five hours after the FBI released surveillance photos of the two men they say planted twin bombs near the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding 176.
The suspects robbed a 7-Eleven, then shot Collier, according to authorities. They then allegedly carjacked a Mercedes SUV, holding the driver hostage for a half hour before freeing him at a gas station in Cambridge, according to sources.
On their way to the neighboring town of Watertown, they tossed explosive devices outside the car's window, officials said. In a long exchange of gunfire between them and authorities, a transit officer, Richard Donahue, was seriously injured. The older brother, Tamerlan, died after the gun battle.
A large manhunt is underway for the second suspect.