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Body found in river identified as missing Brown Student

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Dee DeQuattro

A body found in the waters off of India Point Park has been identified as that of 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi.

Tripathi, a Brown University student, has been missing since March 16 and his family along with the FBI spent the last several weeks conducting a nation-wide search for him.

The cause of death is unclear at this time however the Medical Examiner's Office say they do not suspect foul play.

The family released the following statement on shortly after the announcement:

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.

As these days have shown us, the media is a powerful tool to be used carefully. We hope you continue to exercise caution and treat human lives with delicacy. 

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.

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

With love,

The Tripathi Family

Brown University President Christina Paxton issued the following statement to students, faculty, and staff at Brown University:

Members of the Brown Community,

It is with profound sadness that I write to share news that the state medical examiner has confirmed the death of Brown student Sunil Tripathi.

For more than a month our community has sought to support the Tripathi family in their courageous and tireless efforts to search for Sunil. We are grateful to the commitment of law enforcement during this time and to friends locally and globally who have contributed in myriad ways throughout the search. We extend our deepest condolences to Sunil's family for their loss and for the immeasurable pain they have endured during this period.

Sunil grew up in Radnor, Pennsylvania. The brother of two Brown graduates, Sunil came to Brown as an undergraduate in 2008. He was a philosophy concentrator and accomplished saxophonist with a keen interest in music. He was known to be a serious, thoughtful, intellectually curious student and a brilliant writer. Sunil will be remembered by all who knew him for his gentle demeanor and generous spirit.

Sunil's life has touched many in our community. The University's offices of Chaplains and Religious Life (863-2344) and Psychological Services (863-3476) are available to offer support to members of the Brown community. A memorial service to celebrate and honor Sunil's life is being planned for this Saturday afternoon. We will share additional details with the Brown community as they develop.


Christina H. Paxson
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