Community informed of the death of Sunil Tripathi


Sunil Tripathi (middle) with his sister Sangeeta ’04 and brother Ravi ’09.

The Herald reported on Tuesday that the men’s crew team discovered a body in the river by India Point Park. Officials ID’d the body Thursday morning as Brown student Sunil Tripathi, the ProJo reported. He was last seen on the night of March 15.

On the Help Find Sunil Tripathi Facebook page, the Tripathi family expressed its grief, but thanked the several thousand people who maintained hope and helped to lend a hand in the process: “Your compassionate spirit is felt by Sunil and by all of us.”

President Christina Paxson informed the community of the Sunil’s death a little after 11 a.m. on Thursday. President Paxson’s email included details of Sunil’s hobbies, time at Brown, and details about grief support. “Sunil will be remembered by all who knew him for his gentle demeanor and generous spirit,” she wrote.

BlogDailyHerald is taking submissions from friends, family, and other loved ones for a memorial to Sunil Tripathi. We will publish the submissions on our site. Please send messages, photos, or artwork to blog(at)browndailyherald(dot)com.

We here at BlogDH send all of our love and good thoughts to the Tripathi family.

Read President Paxson’s full email after the jump.

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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