Whatever you think of social media like Facebook and Twitter, it can be a powerful venue to express emotions. Today as the story broke about Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker being shot and killed, the social media community across Central Minnesota and the entire state offered their condolences.

Somber Reactions

The Quarry Cinema and other Cold Spring and area businesses like The Granite City Renegades left heartfelt messages to their Facebook fans. Local and statewide Twitter users were equally down-trodden, Jason DeRusha of WCCO TV expressed disbelief in his early morning Tweet:

@DeRushaJ on Twitter

Although a firm hashtag hasn't really been established yet, many were using #herosliveforever.

We've compiled just a small sample of the widespread heartache felt about this tragedy.