NYT lists homicide victim as coronavirus death on Sunday front page

by Peter Heck · May 25th, 2020 11:30 am

The New York Times issued a correction after one of the names published in a list of deaths from the coronavirus was found to be that of a homicide victim.

The paper listed nearly 1,000 names of those who died from the coronavirus in its Sunday edition under a headline reading "U.S. Deaths Near 100,000, An Incalculable Loss." The feature was meant to highlight the extraordinary loss of life from the pandemic.

The sixth name on the Times' list was that of Jordan Driver Haynes, a 27-year-old from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who died on March 12. According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Haynes was a victim of homicide, not coronavirus.

"The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled the victim's death a homicide," said a Wednesday press release from the department. "Additional details regarding the homicide will not be released as there is an active, ongoing investigation."

The Times also promised a correction in print.


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