Before he was killed at 19, David Robinson had been trying to break free of the mayhem that defined his life in Shaw. He had a job he enjoyed, a deepening faith in Islam, a high school diploma nearly in hand, and a much-wanted baby on the way. But a new pair of Nike sneakers — a gift from his godmother for turning his life around — made him the target of a robbery that left him bleeding and unconscious on a sidewalk one night.
David Robinson had worn a new pair of $220 Zoom Nikes like these for 17 days before he was shot on Jan. 8, 2012. His assailants, who robbed and then killed him, have not been found. Michael S. Williamson/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo