Front-page photograph insensitive to mourner

June 18, 2013 

Memorial Paddle out for Anderson Estep

Michelle Estep walked to the edge of the surf clutching a single red rose and stood silently looking out to sea before the memorial paddle out for her son, Anderson Estep who was reported missing while surfing the waves generated by Tropical Storm Andrea last Friday. His body was not recovered after a search by air and sea.


I find your front-page picture of a mother’s private moment [“Surfers say goodbye,” June 14] extremely appalling. You are very insensitive. Put yourself in her shoes (which you can't).

A better picture would have been of the surfers, not someone's personal grief. This makes the paper no different then the National Inquirer. You should be ashamed

Elaine Chaffee

Carolina Shores, N.C.

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