Student falsely named as bomb suspect found dead

ninemsn staff
9:16am April 26, 2013
April 20, 2013: Sunhil Tripathi, an Indian American who has been missing since March 16th was vilified on social media sites after a police scanner had named him as one of the two suspects in the Boston bombings.

The body of a young man pulled from a river in the US state of Rhode Island has been formally identified as the university student who was wrongly identified as a Boston Marathon bombing suspect by amateur online sleuths.

Foul play is not suspected, local police said.

Sunil Tripathi, 22, disappeared from the Brown University campus on March 16.

His body was discovered yesterday and had "been in the water for a while," said Commander Thomas Oates of the Providence Police Department.

Social media sleuths on Reddit pointed the finger at Mr Tripathi after the FBI released a photograph of one of the bombing suspects wearing a white baseball cap.

Users speculated that Mr Tripathi bore a resemblance to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

April 21, 2013: The mother of the two Boston bombing suspects believes her sons are completely innocent and were set up.

On April 19, the main Twitter account for Anonymous tweeted: "Police on scanner identify the names of #BostonMarathon suspects in gunfight, Suspect 1: Mike Mulugeta. Suspect 2: Sunil Tripathi."

This post was reportedly retweeted more than 3000 times.

But there is no suggestion that these events had anything to do with Mr Tripathi's death, who disappeared more than a month ago and had left home without his mobile phone and wallet.

Mr Tripathi's family released a statement today, saying: "This last month has changed our lives forever, and we hope it will change yours too.

"We appreciate the coverage and support, but at this time, we ask for privacy for our family and for our love for Sunny."

Brown University is planning a memorial service.

April 21, 2013: A friend of Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has uploaded a video of him playfully wrestling in a high school basement.

"For more than a month our community has sought to support the Tripathi family in their courageous and tireless efforts to search for Sunil," the university's president, Christina Paxton, said in a statement.

"We extend our deepest condolences to Sunil's family for their loss and for the immeasurable pain they have endured during this period."

Source: WRCB

Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Emma Chamberlain

April 16, 2013: Vision has emerged of the moment the first bomb went off near the Boston Marathon finishing line by someone filming their own participation in the race.
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