Earlier today I asked Connecticut Post editor Tom Baden about the cropped photo of a teen murder victim. (The unedited version shows 14-year-old giving the finger to the photographer.) His response just came in:
We obtained the photo from a Facebook public memorial page. It had already been cropped. The other photos we have of Justin are pictures that we took from the memorial site displays set up at the site of the shooting.
Yes, finding photos of homicide victims is a challenge. In those instances where family members are willing to talk with us about their loved one, they’re often willing to share photos with us. Of course, many times people are so traumatized they just want to be left alone to grieve.