CVS announced Wednesday it will not sell the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine, which features Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the August edition's cover.
CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of "Rolling Stone" featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right direction out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones."
The controversial cover features a photo taken by Tsarnaev himself before his arrest and includes the headline "The Bomber."
story aims to explain "how a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."
The cover – which usually features rock stars and celebrities – sparked a frenzy on Twitter and
Facebook, where many users said it glamorizes Tsarnaev.
Rolling Stone also garnered criticism after featuring notorious featured cult leader Charles Manson on its June 1970 cover.
Tsarnaev, who is currently being held without bail in a federal prison in Massachusetts, has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts in connection with the April 15 bombing.