On Monday, the Odessa American published two photos on its Facebook page that proved controversial with readers.
The photos related to the standoff in the 900 block of Patton Drive. One showed Rene Francisco Najera, 40, holding a gun in his mouth in the moments before before fatally shooting himself. The other showed Texas Department of Public Safety troopers restraining Najera’s son, Jerico Najera, immediately after the shot.
Kaylie Smith: Prayers are pouring for this family , and personally If this is his son trying to get to his father it’s very sad and personal, I wouldn’t post something like this , it’s not an event it is a tragedy! May God help this family through such a hard time !!
Angie Featherston-Sills: I think they need to take this photo off of here. It is heartbreaking to me and I can only imagine what this imagine will have on family and friends. They also need to take off the photo on the oaonline site...
Lari Lewis Quigg: No matter what this man was going through, or what he did, his family deserves more respect than showing this picture to the masses.. shame on you Odessa American... take this photo down
Brenna Archer: This is ridiculous! This was a horrible moment in that young man’s life. I just happened to visit oaoa.com and found myself staring at a photo of a man with a gun in his mouth, followed by this picture. I agree that this is news, but such intimate and tragic photos of a person’s life should not be posted for the public to see. The details in the story were MORE than enough. Very disappointed to say the least. Isn’t it enough that his son had to watch?! Now he has pictures to commemorate the worst day of his life.
Lauren Balderas: There is a point where it is no longer news and is crossing the line. I’m sure those agreeing this is news would feel different if this was their loved one.
Dawna Reisner: I am usually for the media showing the dramatic effects of certain circumstances, but I have to admit the picture of the man coming out of his house with his gun in his mouth, moments before taking his own life, is a bit...much. I can defend the picture of the son by saying that we can see the effect suicide has on family members we may leave behind. Look at the anguish on this boys face. he is expressing what is in the hearts of every family that loses a loved one to suicide. maybe, hopefully, it will give someone pause when they think about committing suicide themselves. But the actual picture of his father with the gun in his mouth...lacks taste and ethical value...in my humble opinion.
Sheryl Johnson Spore: I understand this may be upsetting to some but it is news and can’t/shouldn’t be censored to pacify a few. You make the choice to view/read.
Corey Cruce: Thank you Sheryl, I was wondering if there was other people out there that enjoyed a local news story. Like I said earlier, I guess on 9-11 no one watched the news at all. Of course they did. Did the New Yorkers cry foul when CNN, MSNBC and others had the story running all day? Did everyone and their dog run out and file a lawsuit because a news agency actually reported news? Come on folks, get a life and get over it already.
Roxanna Rodriquez: Omgee why does everybody always have to complain! its no different from anyone standing outside watching from the street! they didnt post a pic of him deceased, calm down people..
Roy Waggoner: If you were on the street you would have seen this. It’s part of the story but not graphic. CSI shows much more and is pretty graphic.
Mayra Trevizo: When y’all own the newspaper then y’all can post all the unicorns and rainbows y’all want. This man shot himself in front of his family from what I’ve read now THAT’S disrespectful.
Jocelyne Howell: Nothing wrong with this photo OA. You were there.doing your job...
Kara Travis: I could not imagine what was going thru this man (his son) mind. My thoughts and prayers are with him an his family this evening. It’s just so sad that his dad thought he had nothing left an made the decision to end his life. No matter the situation he was loved an will be missed by many.