BOSTON (AP-CNN) - A Rolling Stone cover story on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is generating controversy online.
The magazine's cover is a photo in which Tsarnaev looks more like one of the rock stars that usually grace it than a suspect in a high-profile bombing. A preview on the magazine's website says the story by contributing editor Janet Reitman traces how "a bright kid with a charming future became a monster."
Some Twitter users call the decision to use the photo disgraceful and are calling for a boycott of the magazine.
CNN reports that New England-based retailers CVS and Tedeschi Food Shops have decided not to sell the issue in their stores.
The magazine released this statement:
"Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens."
Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the April 15 bombings at the marathon finish line that killed three and wounded more than 260.
22News reporter Anaridis Rodriguez will have a closer look at what people in western Massachusetts think about this decision on 22News starting at 5.