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College Student Misidentified As Boston Bombings Suspect Found Dead [PHOTOS]


The body ofman missing since last month, and wrongfully identified as one of the Boston bombing suspects, has been found in Rhode Island. Authorities uncovered the body of Sunil Tripathi in the Providence River Tuesday (April 23) evening.

Although Tripathi’s identity has yet to be fully confirmed, Providence police Lieutenant Joseph Donnelly  told the Boston Globe that it’s “very, very possible,” the body is that of the student.

Tripathi was a student at Brown University and went missing on March 16. The remains were discovered in the water, behind  the Wyndham Garden Providence hotel, at approximately 6 p.m.

News of the body comes a day after a moderator of the “FindBostonBombers” Reddit forum apologized to Tripathi’s family for naming him as the suspect accused of setting off a series of explosions near the marathon’s finish line. “I’d like to extend the deepest apologies to the family of Sunil Tripathi for any part we may have had in relaying what has turned out to be faulty information,” the moderator wrote in a statement. “We cannot begin to know what you’re going through and for that we are truly sorry.

A woman who went to high school with Tripathi wrongfully named him as one of the men wanted by the FBI. “Several users, twitter users, and other sources had heard him identified as the suspect and believed it to be confirmed,” the statement continued. “We were mistaken.”

Reddit’s general manager, Erik Martin, also apologized to the family.

The accusation added Tripathi to a list of others mistaken for the suspects, or targeted, based on their skin color. Last week, a Bangladeshi man from the Bronx was beaten out of retaliation for the marathon attack, which he had nothing to do with.

We now know that the two men believed to have set off the series of explosions, were actually natives of Chechnya, but it was originally assumed that they were Arabic.

The remaining suspect,  19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been charged with using “weapons of mass destruction.” His brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a police shootout last Friday (April 19).

See photos of the area where Tripathi’s body was discovered, and dedications to him, below.

Photos: WPRI/Facebook

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  • way more to the story americans are so slow that why we cant get past racism one out of two americans are dumb as hell

    • Rachael

      My nose almost started bleeding as I tried to read that ridiculously narrow minded and incoherent nonsense.
      Find a stadium and have all the seats.

    • Drake_Burrwood

      To many person look the other way and say it isn’t my business. There will always be idiots my question is did he do this to himself, or did someone “help”.

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    • helloseekers

      YOU shut it down. By not viewing it.

  • janrah

    Soooo a wrongly accused kid due too the immaturity of social media jumping to conclusions shows up missing and is 30ty days later found in the river my son you better very known that social media reddit would no longer be in business where it wouldn’t happen to anyone else ever again . You cannot go around falsely accussing anyone those that belei e dverything they hear without checking it out first if this is the same fellow posted on the front of the newyork post if so he himself spokeout …hold people accountable for their actions until someone does and continues to sweep under the rug and or disreguard this unacceptable behavior folks that nothning better to do will continue as such…..,

  • Corey

    Why do so many people hate Americans? Oh wait, just read the article!

    • helloseekers

      The people who beat the Bangladeshi were probably low-info derps. And it happens all around the world. At least Americans don’t place burning tires around the necks of people they’re angry at, like they do in Africa.

      • danny4572

        yea they electrocute them to death instead… you are seriously going to bring up a third world place like Africa?

    • danny4572

      this could well have happened anywhere else… wake up