Saturday, 20 April 2013

Missing man Sunil Tripathi falsely called Boston bombing suspect in social media

Missing man Sunil Tripathi falsely called Boston bombing suspect in social media, On April 19, 2013, the family of missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi spoke out about false accusations that were rampant on social media Thursday, falsely accusing Tripathi of being one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, according to CBS News.

The rumors began after the FBI released images of two men suspected of being responsible for Monday’s attack near the finish line of the race. The horrific bombing left three people dead and more than 170 others injured.

View slideshow: FBI Releases Photos of Two Male Suspects in Boston Marathon Bombings

Tripathi, 22, went missing from the Providence, RI campus of the university on March 16.

The young man’s sister, Sangeeta Tripathi, told CBS, “It’s just been a very difficult time… And it’s been very hard to see the real ugly side of viral social media and how many people will publish information that’s completely unsubstantiated.”

View video: FBI Releases Images of Two Male Suspects in Boston Marathon Bombing

It appears Sunil was being labeled by posts on social media as “Suspect #2,” which authorities now believe to be Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, who was taken into custody Friday evening.

Following a confrontation with police Thursday night, Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s brother ,Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev fled, but was located after a Watertown, Mass. man told authorities he spotted blood and a body in his backyard boat.

According to ABC News, the suspect is currently receiving medical treatment and is in critical condition.

In the meantime, Sunil remains missing. He is described as having black hair, brown eyes, and is 6 feet tall, weight 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, a Philadelphia Eagles hat, and glasses.

His family asks that anyone with information regarding his case call Providence Police at 1-401-641-8691.

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