Hendrick crew member brother of slain MIT officer

1:10 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Hendrick Motorsports revealed on Friday that team member Andrew Collier was the brother of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, who was killed during an overnight shootout with two Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Andrew Collier, 25, is a machinist in the Hendrick Motorsports engine department. He joined the team in September 2008.

The team released a statement, saying, "The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Hendrick Motorsports are with Andrew Collier and his family."

Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson also expressed his sorrow to Collier's family during a press conference at Kansas Speedway, which is the site of this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race.

"It's a very sad time, and my thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family," Johnson said. "I certainly know that it's the same for all of Hendrick Motorsports. We're one, big family. It's sad and unfortunate to see a fellow teammate and his family going through such a tough time."

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne also drive for Hendrick in NASCAR's top series.

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