Confirmed: body identified as missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi

Damn. Sad news out of Rhode Island... It has been confirmed that the body recovered from the Providence River earlier this week is missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi, who had been missing since last month: Body pulled from water in Providence ID'd as missing Brown student.

Tripathi was last seen on March 15. His body was pulled from the water Tuesday at India Point Park in Providence. The identification was confirmed by the state medical examiner through dental records. According to police, there were no signs of trauma, but the official cause of is pending further studies.

Here's his family statement, posted on the Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi Facebook page:

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.

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.

With love,
The Tripathi Family
Here's the official statement from Brown University: Sunil Tripathi: A gentle demeanor.

In lieu of flowers, the Tripathi family asks donations be made to The Sunil Tripathi Memorial Fund, c/o Brown University, 110 Elm St., Box 1893, Providence, RI 02912.

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