victims of the boston marathon terror bombings

The city of Boston and the friends and family members of the marathon bombing victims will never forget the day when two explosions ripped through the crowd at the race, killing three people and injuring more than 200. Neither will the family of Sunil Tripathi, but for very different reasons. Their story is told in the documentary film Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi.

Sunil was a gifted student from a high-achieving family. His older sister, Sangeeta, says that growing up, he always surpassed her academically. “[He] did so effortlessly, in just an embarrassing way,” she says. “So I was always very jokingly you know kind of spiteful of the ease with which he could pass through school.”

But in college at Brown University, Sunil began to struggle with depression. In March 2013, he went missing. His family organized a massive search operation, and — somewhat reluctantly — used social media to help with the search. “Despite how uncomfortable it was to take our personal childhood and smatter it across Facebook, we just knew this was what we had to do to get his story out,” says Sangeeta.

How Social Media Smeared A Missing Student As A Terrorism Suspect

Photo caption: Siblings Sangeeta, Sunil and Ravi Tripathi. Sunil went missing weeks before the Boston Marathon, and media outlets misidentified him as one of the bombing suspects.

Photo credit: One Production Place

RIP Martin Richard, Age 8

“My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston.  My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries.  We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers,” said Bill Richard, father of  slain 8-year-old Martin Richard, killed in Monday’s attack. (via ABC News)

The Boston Bombing Trial Verdict: Dzhohkar Tsarnaev Found Guilty On All 30 Charges, 17 Of Which Call For The Death Penalty

What We Know So Far

  • Dzhokhar​ ​Tsarnaev​ ​has been convicted of all 30 charges for the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing — the worst domestic terrorism attack since 9/11, killing three people at the scene and injuring 260 others. A fourth person, a police officer, later died in a shootout.
  • A bombing survivor speaking on behalf of the victims said they were “obviously grateful for the outcome today.”
  • The trial now goes into the sentencing phase, where the jury could decide that Tsarnaev will be sentenced to die.
  • Tsarnaev was found guilty of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. He’s also been found guilty in the deaths of Krystle Campbell, Officer Sean Collier, Lingzi Liu, and Martin Richard.
  • Defense attorneys during the trial directly said “he did this” and “it was him.” Tsarnaev’s lawyers have been more focused on saving him from the death penalty, mainly by arguing he was under the influence of his older brother, Tamerlan, who died during the attacks.
  • A jury of 7 women and 5 men decided​ ​his​ ​fate.
  • U.S. vs Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the most high-profile federal terrorism trial in the United States since Timothy McVeigh was tried for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1997.