- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WILMINGTON, Mass. (AP) - A playground named in honor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer killed by the Boston Marathon bombers is being built in his hometown.

Wilmington selectmen unanimously approved construction of a playground in honor of Sean Collier on Monday.

The Sun (https://bit.ly/1Gm3teW ) reports that the playground will be built by Where Angels Play, a New Jersey-based nonprofit that also built playgrounds to honor victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Where Angels Play founder Bill Lavin says the playground will celebrate Collier’s life. Collier was killed three days after the marathon bombing.

Lavin says the project’s money comes from fundraising, and is “paid forward” from one community to the next. A future fundraiser in Wilmington will benefit another project.

Construction will begin in September.


Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, https://www.lowellsun.com

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