Missing Brown University student found


The missing Brown University student — I wrote about him earlier this week — has been found.

He’s dead.

The family, victims of horrible hate messages on Facebook in the immediate aftermath of the Boston bombings, announced the news on Facebook:

On April 23, our beloved Sunil was discovered in the waters off India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

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.

With love,

The Tripathi Family

  • Albatross

    Do we know yet whether he died before he was victimized by the NYPost?

  • Mark Gisleson

    Sunil was unknown to almost everyone before the NY Post smeared him. The Post and the rightwing hate blogs own this tragic death. They killed him and you will not see anything even vaguely approaching an apology from any of them.

    I sincerely hope the Tripathi family sues the NY Post. We’re overdue for a landmark case on what exactly the 1st Amendment protects, and libelous big media smear jobs clearly fall outside of that protective zone. If legitimate discovery was allowed, I have no doubt we’d find significant collusion at the Post to destroy this young man.

    The truth never had anything to do with it. Allegations sell newspapers while the truth is still tying its shoes.

  • Bob Collins

    He was missing before the bombing.

    He went missing on March 16 and there was no credit card or cellphone use, as I recall, or any indication that he was anywhere but dead.

    Don’t confuse this gentleman with the two guys on the cover of the New York Post. It was Reddit that instigated the hate on this man. That was followed by Global Grind, and then The Atlantic.

  • Albatross

    Right. It’s OUR responsibility to keep track of who’s lying to us and exactly how they lie to us. I’ll make a spreadsheet.

    While the autopsy is not yet in, I think the onus MIGHT be on the reporting agencies (e.g. MPR in this case) to avoid implying causality when reporting “Reddit falsely accused this dude, and now he’s dead.” Adding “…but he was probably dead already anyway” would, I think, be a responsible addition to such reports.

  • Bob Collins

    Try that one more time, Albatross, because your point doesn’t make much sense to me.

    Reddit’s crime here isn’t killing the kid; I don’t think there’s any evidence to support that.

    Reddit’s crime here is facilitating the pain to the family of turning people against them and neutering the efforts they were making to find him.

    Whether he was or wasn’t dead prior to Reddit’s actions doesn’t change that fact, which is indisputable.

  • Mark Gisleson

    Bob, sorry. You are, of course, right. I don’t keep track of stuff as closely as I used to , I just knew that this guy had been smeared by people who should be held accountable.

    And now I do remember Reddit is now rethinking some of their policies in the wake of this shameful “outing.”

    Anyhow, can’t imagine why I thought the NY Post was involved, other than because this is their kind of thing. My sympathy to this young man’s family and a big thumbs down to Reddit.