At Service, Biden Calls Tsarnaevs 'Knock-off Jihadis'

Boston remembers MIT officer Sean Collier

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 24, 2013 4:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – Joe Biden called the Tsarnaev brothers "two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis" during the memorial service today at MIT for slain campus officer Sean Collier, reports CNN. "It infuriates them that we refuse to bend, refuse to change, refuse to yield to fear," the VP said of terrorists in general. "The doctrine of hate and oppression, they've found out cannot compete with the values of openness and inclusiveness. And that's why they're losing around the world." Thousands attended the memorial service, which included a performance by James Taylor, notes AP.

Said Collier's brother Rob: "People have asked me if Sean were here, what would he think. Are you kidding me? He would have loved this. Sirens, flashing lights, formations, people saluting, bagpipes, Taps, the American flag—he would have loved it. He was born to be a police officer, and he lived out his dreams."

In a photo provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT police pallbearers carry the casket of fallen MIT officer Sean Collier.   (AP Photo/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dominick Reuter)
In a photo provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, officers from numerous police agencies stand during the memorial service.   (AP Photo/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dominick Reuter)
Mourners bow their heads during the memorial service.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Andrew Collier, left, puts his hand on his brother, Robert, after delivering the eulogy at a memorial service for their brother, slain MIT campus officer Sean Collier.   (Elise Amendola)
Police officers salute during a memorial service for fallen Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer Sean Collier.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
A file photo of Sean Collier.   ((AP Photo/Middlesex District Attorney's Office))
A woman holds a program at the memorial service for Sean Collier at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.   (Elise Amendola)
A woman wipes tears as she arrives at a memorial service for Sean Collier at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.   (Elise Amendola)
An Arlington, Mass., police officer dons white gloves as he prepares to enter the memorial service.   (Steven Senne)
People arrive at MIT for the memorial service.   (Elise Amendola)
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a memorial service for slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer Sean Collier.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In a photo provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, James Taylor sings during a memorial for slain MIT campus officer Sean Collier.   (AP Photo/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M. Scott Brauer)
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