(CBS 8) - For the past year, San Diegan David Larson, son of former News 8 reporter Carol Hasson, has been a freshman at MIT. The killing of a campus patrol officer happened extremely close to Larson's dorm.
Larson, a Francis Parker High School grad, knew 26-year-old Sean Collier, the campus police officer who was allegedly killed in the line of duty by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects last Thursday night while sitting in his patrol car.
Larson, who is on the school's sailing team, had just returned from a biology class when less than an hour later he learned something bad happened close to his dorm. The 19-year-old says students started listening to police scanners on the web and began to learn more about what then continued from his campus into Watertown, which is two miles away. Worried relatives immediately tried to get a hold of him.
The mechanical engineering major's week started when he and members of the sailing team witnessed the bombings from across the Charles River.