A few short days ago, he was falsely accused by Reddit of being one of the Boston marathon bombers. Today, Sunil Tripathi – who has been missing for over a month – has been positively identified as the body found in the Providence river, according to his family.
We know now that Sunil, who went missing on March 15th, was in the water for quite some time. His body had to be identified by dental records and the medical examiner’s office indicated that there was not evidence of foul play. Sunil was known to suffer from depression but we do not know at this time if that was a factor in his death.
Though the folks over at Reddit immediately backpedaled when the identities of the real suspects were released by police, one has to wonder how much damage would have been done to this young man’s reputation, as well as his seeming fragile psyche, had he been alive to see the accusations leveled at him.
The family posted on a Facebook page dedicated to the search for Sunil, seemingly closing this chapter of their lives.
As we carry indescribable grief, we also feel incredible gratitude. To each one of you–from our hometown to many distant lands–we extend our thanks for the words of encouragement, for your thoughts, for your hands, for your prayers, and for the love you have so generously shared.
Your compassionate spirit is felt by Sunil and by all of us.
This last month has changed our lives forever, and we hope it will change yours too. Take care of one another. Be gentle, be compassionate. Be open to letting someone in when it is you who is faltering. Lend your hand. We need it. The world needs it.
The Tripathi Family
While his passing is certainly not a fortunate event, neither were the allegations laid against him by the people in the Reddit subforum dedicated to “helping” find the Boston bombers. Hopefully this story, along with others, will help give people an idea of what a bad idea it is for armchair detectives to jump to conclusions and point fingers before they have incontrovertible proof of something.
Our condolences go to the Tripathi family. May their pain heal quickly.