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James Cooper And James Kouzaris Were Not Killed In Miami

WHEN British tourists James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, were killed in Florida, the UK media went to work. The Mail conjured up the front-page headline: “GUNNED DOWN IN THE GHETTO.”

(Shawn Tyson, 16, has been charged with their murders.)

The Miami Herald read that Mail report and more. Its writer James Burnett then looked at a map and found out that it’s not just Americans who don’t get geography:

Officials: British tourists killed in Sarasota – not Miami

Two British tourists, reported by British media to have been murdered in Miami early Saturday moring, actually died in Sarasota, the British Embassy confirmed Sunday afternoon.

About 230 miles separate the cities.

Still, for several hours Sunday, multiple British medial outlets, including the BBC and The Mail, insisted that the victims, two men, ages 24 and 25, were fatally shot late Saturday in Miami, during a botched robbery attempt.

But Miami, Miami-Dade, and Miami Beach police officials denied the reports and said that no tourists or British citizens had been killed in either agency’s district over the weekend.

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Posted: 21st, April 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment