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Slain MIT officer to get posthumous appointment to Somerville Police Department

Sean Collier was shot to death, allegedly by a suspect in the Marathon bombings.
Sean Collier was shot to death, allegedly by a suspect in the Marathon bombings.MIT/AFP/Getty Images

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The fourth person killed in the violence that consumed the Boston Marathon and the days that followed, MIT police Officer Sean Collier, was given a gubernatorial go-ahead to join the rolls of the Somerville Police Department posthumously.

“There you go, signed,” Governor Deval Patrick said Friday, putting his pen to a law that permits Mayor Joe Curtatone of Somerville to posthumously appoint Collier a member of the department.

Collier’s shooting death occurred hours after the FBI released photos of the suspects in the April 15 Marathon bombings, though in the hours immediately after his death in Cambridge, the connection to the alleged bombers was unclear.

Collier was due to join the Somerville police before his life was cut short.

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