“Would he still be alive if I didn’t write about him?” is one of the heartbreaking questions Kevin Cullen, a Boston Globe columnist asked himself yesterday. “He” being Rakan, a young Iraqi boy who in 2006 was shot and paralyzed when American soldiers “panicked and opened fire on the family car” — a wrenching incident captured by Chris Hondros of Getty Images who was embedded with those soldiers — and whose recovery in Boston Cullen chronicled for the Globe and whose death from a bomb blast Cullen wrote about yesterday.

Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.