Missing man Sunil Tripathi attracted the attention of pretty much the entire nation last night -- and it's all because of a Reddit moderator who falsely identified him as a terrorist. Fortunately, that moderator has apologized to Sunil's family now that the suspects in the attacks have been identified. Sunil is not a terrorist, but a missing young man who might have vanished to take his own life. Certainly, his family didn't appreciate seeing all the headlines implicating him in the Boston explosions.
Many other news sources have offered apologies to the family of this missing person -- and it's well deserved. These people are living a nightmare not knowing whether their missing loved one is alive or not. They don't know if he left voluntarily or if he is being held captive. They simply do not know. So for him to then be dragged through the media and publicly outed as a murderer and terrorist probably broke their hearts even further.
His family released the following statement:
"We have known unequivocally all along that neither individual suspected as responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings was Sunil. We are grateful to all of you who have followed us on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit-supporting us over the recent hours."
Where is Sunil Tripathi?
Now that it's fully known that he is not a suspect, the fact still remains that he is missing. This unwanted tension and stress added to the search for him has undoubtedly inspired anxiety in his loved ones during their search for answers. Hopefully, another search is coordinated to find him soon.
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