R.i.p to the brothers who lost their lives tonight in the city due to the violence. Prayers go out to the survivors.#wegottodobetter
— CockySavingLives (@Gandhi1012) April 7, 2011
This was just one of countless messages about violence in DC that were posted to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube this year.
Many of the messages were heartbreaking. Some were funny. All were real. And all spoke to the reality of living— and dying— in this city.
A collection of some of the messages shared this year is below.