Rolling Stone at Barnes & Noble

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1 edition of Rolling Stone magazine, seen on the shelf at Barnes & Noble in Harker Heights on Friday, July 19, 2013.

As controversy over the August issue of Rolling Stone continues, many local chains decided to pull the magazine off sales racks.

Both CVS and Walgreens announced via Twitter that they will not carry or sell the issue, which features a cover photo some critics said glamorizes Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of carrying out the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings with his brother, Tamerlan. The bombing killed three people and wounded nearly 300 near the finish line of the marathon.

“We have decided to not sell the current issue of Rolling Stone, out of respect for the victims and their loved ones,” CVS announced.

Managers of a local bookstore, Hastings, and H-E-B also said the magazine will not be on display at their stores; however, residents can buy the issue at the Barnes & Noble in Harker Heights.

“Before I saw the cover, I thought it was the picture of him in his new orange jumpsuit with shackles on his wrists,” Anne Russell wrote on the Killeen Daily Herald’s Facebook page. “That’s the image I’ve seen of him and have of him.”

Janet Reitman, author of “Jahar: The Making of a Monster,” declined the Herald’s request for an interview, but an editors’ note prefacing the article stated that although the magazine’s thoughts are with the victims, the story is serious coverage of a cultural issue.

“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,” the note read.

And while the perception of the magazine’s cover choice has been largely negative, Beatrice Nichols said the magazine may have been trying to prove that “evil” people don’t always appear that way.

“One of the reasons that Ted Bundy was a successful serial killer is that he didn’t look scary. Looks are deceiving,” Nichols wrote on the Herald’s Facebook page. “This young man might have passed as a ‘rock star’ — someone who is generally idolized in our culture.”

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