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Student wrongly tied to Boston bombings found dead

Sunil Tripathi - CNN

Reddit apologized for the 'dangerous speculation' on the site that pointed fingers at the student. A body pulled from the water off Indian Point Park in Rhode Island has been identified as the Brown University student mistakenly linked by amateur sleuths on a social media site to the Boston bombings.


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