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Local tabloid covers spark outrage with violent images of WDBJ murders

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NEW YORK -- So many people here in New York stop by newsstands like this one on their way to work each morning and glance at the front page of the local papers.

But what people saw on the covers of the Daily News and the New York Post made them look twice.

"That gave me the chills, oh my God. I think it's too graphic," said Pamela Hart as she saw the images for the first time.

"Just seeing this on the front page man, this is wrong," said Jeff Matias as he bought his daily paper. "I don't know what type of message they're trying to send, but it's a bad message."

Person after person could not believe their eyes as they looked at the covers of the Daily News and New York Post at a newsstand in Harlem Thursday.

"I'm sick of violence period," said Hart as she fought back tears. "It bothers me. It does."

The local papers choose to fill their front pages with the final terrifying seconds before a reporter and photographer were killed on live television just a day earlier.

The Daily News even broke down the horrifying moments frame by frame.

But with the images laid out on the streets of New York for all to see it's not just adults that are exposed to the graphic images.

"Many times our kids are desensitized because of the games that they have on the internet on their computers and so on, but now this is real," said Psychologist Jeff Gardere.

With technology and social media he says it's almost impossible to shield children from seeing images they may be too young to understand.

But when it happens Gardere says parents should use it as a teaching moment rather than ignoring it.

"It's important to not let that become the new normal for our children, to let them know that we're not comfortable with it and they shouldn't be exposed to it. But if they do see it by accident, haphazardly, that we explain what it's truly about and explain how they should try to stay away from those images," said Gardere.

And those who picked up the paper Thursday told PIX 11 they hope adults will learn from the incident as well so they don't have to see similar images in the future.

"We should take guns more seriously and pour harsher laws on guns."