Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s 3-Year-Old Daughter Is Now Being Stalked By Media

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Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev not only had a wife, Katherine Russell, but a daughter, 3-year-old Zahara. Zahara, who may be completely unaware what happened to her father, who was killed in a shootout with Boston police, is staying with her mother and grandparents in Rhode Island. By now, she may be wondering where daddy is, considering that she hasn't seen him since Friday night at the latest, and he was reportedly her main caretaker. The New York Daily News staked out the Russell home and snapped pics of the toddler with her grandmother, which is. So. Wrong.

Zahara has become news by way of her notorious father -- and she'll have to live with this forever. Her name will forever be associated with his. We have no idea how that might affect her in the future.

So even though the Daily News blotted out her face, it's still wrong to drag a toddler into this media mess. There's no reason for photographers to be stalking her from the bushes. If her face ever gets out there, it'll be on the Interwebs for all time.

Zahara didn't choose to be brought into this world. Unlike Katherine, who, although she may have been completely ignorant of her husband's plans, did choose to marry him, Zahara didn't pick him as her father.

She has nothing to do with anything. Yet whatever photos the press manages to get of her will follow her forever. Just like Time magazine choosing to put a terrified child on its cover, it's just wrong.

Zahara will have enough to deal with without her face everywhere -- she'll have her own emotional issues, she'll have a mother who is now a single mom, she might have bullying at school. Protecting this poor child is the best thing adults can do now -- not putting her on the covers of newspapers, speculating about whether her body language means she knows about her father's and uncle's fate or not.

If the news is the bombing, Zahara wasn't even there. And she certainly isn't remotely responsible for whatever her father and uncle may or may not have done. So how is she news? PLUS. She's 3 years old! Have some class. Have some heart.

Leave Zahara alone, media. Children should not have to carry the sins of their fathers.

Do you think the media should be taking pictures of Zahara?


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LostS... LostSoul88

No they shouldn't Those vultures need to leave that poor child alone. 

Tracy... Tracylynn100

They should leave her alone and we should all refuse to buy any magazine or paper that prints them

Jammi... Jammie209

She's just a little baby probably wondering where her daddy is. So sad. I will never buy anything that has pics of this child.

Katherine Aubry

If it's so wrong, and the writer (Kiri Blakely) is so outraged, was does her article contain a link to one of the photos?

Shawna Mathews

I agree they should leave her alone, she is just a baby! Maybe her mother will smarten up now that her abusive husband is dead and change her name back to Katherine Russell and give her daughter a different last name as well to protect her identity as she grows up. Maybe. But it's highly doubtful because I'm sure he had her well trained to serve him.

Serab... Serabelle

It's so sad. If it were my child/ husband, than as soon as the legal stuff was sorted out I would change our names and move somewhere no one knew us. I wouldn't tell her what her dad did until she was old enough to handle it emotionally. Poor kid doesn't deserve to grow up in his shadow. I feel bad for the kids of monsters, like Zahara, or the kids of serial killers. No one deserves to have that hanging over their whole life.

Darlene Taylor

poor child.....why cant the media leave the baby out of it!

nonmember avatar kaerae

As soon as they're done questioning her(if she's not charged) she and the baby will be in witness protection with new identities, so it's not like she'll be attending school anywhere near Boston. By the time she's in school, no one will recognize her at three.

teddy... teddysmama09

When i first heard about the older brother having a 3 year old my heart bled for her. I have a 3 year old and his world revolves around his daddy. If my husband has to work over time my son is asking eveery two seconds, "when's Daddy coming home?" I cannot even begin to think of the questions the mother has to answer right now.  A 3 year old is not an infant, a 3 year old knows something is wrong and is probably crying for her daddy.  It certainly doesn't help that they have to face photographers when they leave the house. This must all be so confusing and terrifying for that poor girl, who is another unfortunate victim of her father's insanity.

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