Bloomberg’s Gun Group Apologizes For Calling Boston Bombing Suspect A ‘Victim’

AP

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group issued an apology Wednesday for including one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects on a list of shooting victims’ names read during a demonstration in Concord, N.H.

The New Hampshire Union-Leader reported that Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign held the rally Tuesday where volunteers, family members of shooting victims and survivors of gun violence read out names on a list of people killed by guns since December’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name was included on that list, which had been compiled by Slate.com.

Tsarnaev “was absolutely not a victim, his name should have been deleted before the list was provided to a family member for reading and his name should never have been read,” said the group’s apology, released to TPM. “It was a mistake, it should not have happened and we sincerely apologize.”

This post has been updated.

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