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Murder Victim's Family Criticizes TMZ Video Release

A TMZ video depicts the murder of 19-year-old Andre Lowe.

The family of a teen murdered earlier this month outside a popular Hollywood nightclub is speaking out against TMZ's decision to post video depicting the deadly shooting.

Andre Lowe, 19, was killed on Jan. 13 when a gunman shot into a crowd during a fight that began inside the Empire Club on North Cahuenga Boulevard.

Lowe's uncle, Jason Andrews, recently told Salon he feels the gossip site went too far.

Knowing that the last two minutes of a family member’s life was being viewed … for entertainment was too much to handle.

He started an online petition to get the video removed from TMZ, which received more than 200,000 signatures. TMZ eventually edited the video to end just before Lowe was killed, Salon reported.

In a post on the petition website titled "Victory," Andrews said, "TMZ’s sensationalistic coverage of a regular teenager’s tragic murder added salt to the wound for our family. ... While we're disappointed that TMZ ever made the decision to post this video and we still believe TMZ owes our family an apology for the pain they cause us, we're glad to see that the video has been edited due to the pressure from our petition on Change.org."

Read the full story on Salon.com.

What do you think of TMZ's decision to publish the video? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Russell Smith January 29, 2013 at 03:57 PM
If it bleeds, it leads. That's the first rule of journalism nowadays.
mike Hawk January 29, 2013 at 04:23 PM
We've seen JFK's brain get blown onto the trunk of his car and his wife lean over to pick up pieces of his brain about 5000 times, but nobody complains about that.
Delbert Collett January 29, 2013 at 05:03 PM
I believe that posting the horrific event only serves to assist in bringing justice. I understand the family's pain, I really do. I have lost a son. If only there had been video of his death, maybe the terrorist who caused it, wouldn't be free to inflict more terror on other families. Granted it is hard for a family to see something like this, but the benefits in allowing the public and law enforcement to see the act in progress can only help to put an end to a terrorist's (let's face it, that's what they are) acts. If they know their acts will be witnessed by an entire city who see their faces, then not only will they be caught, but others will be deterred from committing such acts.

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