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

Sunil’s death had nothing to do with the tragic bombings in Boston, however arm chair generals from Reddit caused a story to be run in a variety of blogs that blamed him for them. And his family was subject to harassment and abuse.

Freedom of Speech is Important.

So is Responsibility of Speech.

So it is with a sad heart that I offer my condolences to the Triparthi family.

We share your grief, we cannot begin to understand what your family went through especially with the harassment. And for that we are sorry.

Your compassion, humanity and willingness to forgive makes this even more bitter that your family didn’t get the one thing that it deserved the most. That in spite of everything you didn’t lose hope and endured the worst of humanity.

The family have requested that all donations be placed at a fund which will be used to sponsor charity reflecting Sunil’s Spirit.

You can donate to the

The Sunil Tripathi Memorial Fund, c/o Brown University

110 Elm Street, Box 1893, Providence RI 02912


  1. slc1 says

    Re #1

    It is my information that the young man died on the day he disappeared, which was long before the Marathon bombings, so the false claims on Reddit and other such venues had nothing to do with his death. However, the grief caused his family by these false claims was totally unacceptable and possibly they have a cause of action against the perpetrators, although libel and slander are off the table as a dead person can’t be libeled or slandered.

  2. says

    I wrote a blog post the other day on my feelings about the rampant speculation that goes on in the wake of tragedy and alluded to this, so I’ve been following this case–really wish it hadn’t ended this way. In addition to losing a loved one, the family had to deal with what I would regard as slander against his person (not legally slander as #2 states, but formally the same action in my view).

    Condolences to the Tripathi family.

  3. embertine says

    Poor kid. :( I know the fact that he was missing for so long was never indicative of a happy outcome. But for his family to have gone through all of that plus the evil actions of the harassers is almost too much to bear.

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