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Greg Little: Nation focuses on wrong faces in the wake of tragedy

To the editor:

In the wake of the tragedy in Boston and the subsequent coverage of the story, including the hunt for the killers, I am troubled by the focus we, as a nation, have for horrendous events like these. With details provided by the media, we glorify and immortalize these criminals and their heinous acts, while the victims remain relatively nameless and faceless. Less than a week removed from these bombings I would argue that not one in 10 people could fully name one of the 3 innocent victims killed (Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi for those needing a reminder), yet we have begun to rehearse the names of the now famous murderers.

It would be a refreshing and noble charge to us as a nation, generally, and the media, specifically, to put the names and faces of the victims front and center, extolling their virtues and personalizing their qualities, while the irrelevant killers languish in anonymity, nameless and faceless to the rest of the world.

Greg Little

Montague

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