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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