The Rolling Stone issue, which hits newsstands on Friday, features an unsmiling Dzhokhar with tousled hair. “The Bomber” reads on the magazine’s cover in bold, along with the blurb: “How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Island and Became a Monster.”
According to Fox News, the cover story features interviews from some of the bombing suspect’s childhood friends, teachers and law enforcement agents.
Since the cover’s reveal on Wednesday, many have spewed angry comments on social media. In an interview with CNN, Ed Kelly (president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts) called the magazine’s decision to feature the suspect "insulting."
Rolling Stone's editors included a note before the story on its website, in which they say that their hearts "go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families."