After Chattanooga Slaying, Marines Brandish Unique Mourning Badge on Social Media

Police tape and a makeshift memorial sit on the lawn in front of an Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 16, 2015. Damon J. Moritz/U.S. Navy/Reuters

On Thursday afternoon, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a lone gunman, shot and killed four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Their deaths were mourned around the country, with flags lowered to half staff. The president expressed his condolences.

A group of Marines and Veterans on social media created a photograph to use as a profile picture in honor of the Marines, an emblem with a black ribbon in its center. The photograph is not unlike the mourning bands donned by police officers after one of their own is killed, just digital.

The ribbon photograph was posted on Facebook and Twitter by Jonathan Davis, who runs a blog dedicated to news about the military.

#Marines and #Veterans are reacting to the #Chattanooga slaying of four Marines with a new profile logo. #USMC #SOT

— Jon Davis (@jonathankdavis1) July 17, 2015

"In response to the Chattanooga Marine murders, Marines and veterans are changing their profile pictures in a show of solidarity. Save this image to your profile to show your support to our Marines," Davis wrote on Facebook.

Users on Twitter have begun to use the photograph in memory of the Marines:

@ahughan @jonathankdavis1 Changed mine too.

— Mrs Malindo ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Mrs_Malindo) July 17, 2015

@ahughan @devildogje @jonathankdavis1 Mine too. Semper Fi.

— Brian (@bjamescolo) July 17, 2015

@jonathankdavis1 done.

— Leatherneck ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿฅ‹โšพ๏ธ (@devildogje) July 17, 2015

@jonathankdavis1 We are all on the Same Team! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

— F_Montaรฑez (@f_montanez) July 17, 2015