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Tourist apologizes after taking selfie during fatal East Village explosion

Posted at 7:38 AM, Mar 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-30 07:38:05-04

EAST VILLAGE (PIX11)–  A former Iowa Democratic staffer who was visiting New York City apologized for taking a selfie in front of the East Village explosion that cost two lives Thursday.

Christina Freudlich, who last worked with the Iowa Democrat Committee in February, apologized for her untimely picture. (Photo: Instagram)

Christina Freundlich, who last worked with the Iowa Democratic Party in February, apologized for her untimely picture. (Photo: Instagram/ChristinaFreunlich)

Christina Freundlich expressed regret over her “inconsiderate” Instagram selfie in an email to The Des Moines Register on Sunday, saying she was deeply sorry for her “careless and distasteful post.”

“It was inconsiderate to those hurt in the crash and to the city of New York,” Freundlich said. “What happened last week in the East Village is not to be taken lightly and I regret my course of action.”

Over the weekend, pictures of people taking selfies before the East Village disaster site surfaced, sparking uproar  on social media.

On Sunday, two bodies, one of them was identified as 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa, were found underneath the rubble of the explosion.

The blast also injured 25 and took down three buildings.