With the conflict in Gaza, there are a lot of soldiers losing their lives and families are being torn apart. It's a very sensitive situation and so many have been affected by all that is going on. That's why it was so hard to take when the New Zealand Herald featured a story of a young soldier being killed in Gaza, but it was run alongside a pictures of late "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, per Philly.com on July 29, 2014.
It's obvious this was a huge error in both editorial skills and judgment, but it didn't make it any easier.
Sitting above the picture of Ryan Dunn was the headline that stated "Kiwi killed in Gaza." It goes on to detail the life and circumstances of death for 21-year-old soldier Staff Sgt. Guy Boyland.
The Chicago Tribune states that the Herald went to Sgt. Boyland's Facebook page and simply grabbed the picture of Ryan Dunn and put it in the article. Not only was Boyland a huge fan of Dunn, but the two men looked rather similar.
Making matters worse is that it was both the print edition and the website of the New Zeland Herald that ran the photo of Dunn with the story. Boyland was killed this past Friday during combat in Gaza.
The editor of the New Zealand Herald has taken full responsibility for the error and since issued an apology and a correction. They explained how the error was made and that they fully intended on using a photo of Boyland, not Ryan Runn.
Editor Shayne Currie said:
"I have personally spoken to members of Guy's family this morning, as has the CEO of APN, Jane Hastings. The family members have been remarkably forgiving, particularly in the circumstances. I have apologised for adding to their grief and I will keep them fully updated on how this happened as obviously it is unacceptable."
Ryan Dunn died back in June of 2011 after an early morning car crash that took his life and that of a friend he was in the car with, Zachary Hartwell. Both Dunn and Hartwell died from blunt force trauma and fire, according to the report from the coroner.
Toxicology reports had shown that his blood-alcohol content was over twice the legal limit.