Saturday, April 20, 2013
More than 1,000 residents and police officers from across the state packed Wilmington Town Common for a candlelight vigil in honor of slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.
On Saturday night, residents said goodbye to one of their own and police officers from across the state saluted the bravery of a member of the thin blue line who made the ultimate sacrifice. Slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier's body was brought down Church Street past thousands who lined the street surrounding Wilmington Town Common and waved American flags as a part of an emotional goodbye. Collier, a Wilmington native and Somerville resident, was honored during a candlelight vigil following the procession. Members of the Collier family attended the event, and sobbed at times as their loved one was recalled. "(Sean) is such an amazing man. A better man than I will ever be. And he was taken from us too …
Thousands pack Wilmington Town Common to pay tribute to a hometown hero.
More than 1,000 residents, friends and law enforcement personnel from throughout Eastern Massachusetts packed the Wilmington Town Common for a candlelight vigil Saturday night to bid farewell and say thank you to a hometown hero. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier, a 2004 graduate of Wilmington High School, was gunned down as he sat in his cruiser Thursday night on a Cambridge Street, allegedly by brothers Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the same men investigators believe are responsible for the fatal bombing attack at Monday's Boston Marathon. Before the start of Saturday's vigil, a hearse carrying Collier's body drove down Church Street, shut down to traffic during the ceremony. The road was lined with …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
On the anniversary of her death, July 3, friends and family gathered to remember Lauren Astley
The pews of the meetinghouse at First Parish Wayland were nearly full Tuesday night as people gathered to remember Lauren Astley on the one-year anniversary of her death. Friends and family shared stories and memories of Astley as well as readings that help them come to terms with her murder. For a full recap of service, see "One Year Later: Wayland Remembers Lauren Dunne Astley." Additional photos from the service are featured here.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Lauren Dunne Astley was murdered on July 3, 2011. On July 3, 2012, the community gathered to remember her sparkle.
“Sparkle” has in the past year embedded itself in the vernacular of the small town of Wayland, Mass. The joyful connotation of the word – “sparkle” – belies the tragic occasion for its rise to the consciousness of people connected through tragedy and, on Tuesday night, through remembrance. On July 3, 2012, friends, neighbors and family of Lauren Dunne Astley gathered in the meetinghouse of First Parish Wayland for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the night the 18-year-old was murdered. Astley’s ex-boyfriend, Nathaniel Fujita, has been charged with the crime. And while the tragedy of the events of July 3, 2011, is still fresh in the minds of many, it was more likely the celebration of Astley’s sparkle that …