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With controversy swirling over the latest Rolling Stone cover – it features Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and teases how he “became a monster” – the magazine has come out with an online statement.

As an editor’s note to the Web version of the story, Rolling Stone writes:

“Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. “


It continues:

“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.”

Along with stinging criticism from those who feel the cover story is inappropriate, CVS has announced a boycott of the issue.

The chain says it will not sell the August edition of Rolling Stone “out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones.”

Where do you stand? What do you think of the magazine putting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover?