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April 24th, 2013
11:17 PM ET

Tripathi's on missing brother Sunil associated with bombings: "Very difficult to have the events of that night unfold so aggressively"

As experts and analysts continue their investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings, and subsequent manhunt that resulted in the death and capture of alleged perpetrators Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, this evening"Piers Morgan Live" welcomed the family of Sunil Tripathi.

A missing Brown University college student, Tripathi was mistakenly named as a possible bombing suspect via the crowdsourcing social networking site Reddit.

On Tuesday, a dead body was found floating in the Providence River, and though the remains are yet to be identified, authorities have said that it may be Sunil Tripathi. Tonight his brother and sister spoke live with Piers Morgan, admitting that Sunil had shown signs of depression prior to his disappearance more than a month ago:

"He never was clinically diagnosed, but his close family and friends, we definitely knew that he was having some problems with his mood, and it kind of bound us together," explained Ravi, the missing student's brother.

Hearing their sibling slurred on social media, and associated with a terror attack that killed three people, only served to create more trauma for Sunil's loved ones:

"This was coming at a time, after 34 days of pain in our family, and worry, and we knew unconvincingly that this was not Sunil, especially when we saw all the video footage and surveillance that was being released," said Sangeeta Tripathi, Sunil's sister."It was very difficult to have the events of that night unfold so aggressively, with language that was not based on any actual evidence at all."

As part of their efforts to create positive energy surrounding their brother's disappearance, the Tripathi's have created a social media campaign entitled "Lend Your Hand," in which well-wishers inscribe messages on their skin, in hopes of ultimately finding Sunil.

After interviewing Ravi and Sangeeta this evening, Morgan was moved to participate, and scrawled his own message, writing on his palm, simply "Find Sunil."

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  1. ttm

    Really Ann, You think a woman should be arrested for wearing an islamic scarf? Really? Sean, its O.k to waterboard now. You think its accepable now because you think you have our best interest in mind? pathetic!

    April 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ttm

      I expect nothing less from the Fox news Corp. Manufacture the daily news to your liking..........Losers!!

      April 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • shades

        That you somehow tie FOX to this story only highlights your utter disregard for anything that resembles news, becuase you arent going to get it on your CNN in the tank for Obama all the time news source

        April 26, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Jason B

        You have to ignore ttm. He/she has been posting the same three comments to every single story here for the last week. Clearly they have an agenda that DOESN'T involve reading for content.

        April 26, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. ttm

    Every week Fox has a new position to stand on or spin ( the big spin zone) A new LOW!!!!!!! Is everyone who knows the terrorist guilty of a crime. How about the Classy city of Boston ( people who get things done) are they guilty after the fact for letting muslims lie in their City???????? Hippocrites!

    April 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mom against Silent Epedimic

    My sincere sympathy to the family of this beautiful young man. Tragically Suli life has been cut shot. We need to know more about Suli so we can not only help the family but prevent other from this faith. May no family have to go through the pain what this family is going through.

    Depression and Estrangement is the silent epidemic that needs more awareness. Borderline Personality disorder is linked with depression / estrangement. Sadly few therapist are address this conditions. These people can be highly functional & professional making it harder to detect the broader picture of Estrangement. One to many Therapist are helping these patients draft letters or e-mails to parents, spouses and friends to " cut off Toxic people from there life." This in turn makes matters unbearable and extremely lonely for the person needing help. Many Celebrities are Estranged from family only shows this type of mental illness can be camouflaged.

    Please invite Dr. Joshua Coleman, Paul Mason & Randi Kreger to your show.
    We need more awareness to this silent epidemic.

    April 26, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Dennis

    Sunil was not a Muslim. Nobody should blame him for being a bomber or a terrorist.

    April 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dennis

    Sunil was not a Muslim. Not sure why anyone would call him the bomber or a terrorist.

    April 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. AMP

    I think it is a high time for the Govt. of USA and Social media to educate Americans that Hindus are not Muslims and do not believe in terrorism. In fact, Hindus have been terrorized and killed in Pakistan and Bangladesh and even in Kashmir India. Please also note the Sikhs wearing Turbans are also not Muslims.

    April 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. AMP

    Only way to eradicate terrorism is to go after terrorist camps situated in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Pakistan is the main training place for Terrorists under the protection of ISI and Pakistan Military.

    April 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    May 4, 2013 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. In Home Personal Training Long Island

    Pier's this is a tough story. Just another victim of the entire event. Sunil Tripathi family I'm so sorry for how things unfolded.
    No body deserves this.

    My thoughts and payers are with you.

    December 12, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse | Reply

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