Credit: Sports Illustrated

The cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated features a powerful image of three Boston police officers and a fallen runner following the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday. The title of the magazine’s feature is simply “Boston.”

“With a story like this, you’re looking for a cover that’s not only powerful, but also self-explanatory, an image that requires as little language as possible to completely understand. In the instance of this photo, the fallen marathoner, the drawn gun and the eerily smoky backdrop told the entire story,” SI Managing Editor Chris Stone tells EW. “I considered going with no language at all, but ultimately settled on ‘Boston,’ figuring the reader could intuit and fill in the rest.”

SI, like EW, is a Time Inc. publication.

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