Nancy Dunning, a real estate agent and the wife of then-Alexandria Sheriff James H. Dunning, was killed on Dec. 5, 2003. The 56-year-old, known as the “Queen of Del Ray” for her involvement in her neighborhood, was shot to death in her home, on West Mount Ida Avenue.

Ronald Kirby, 69, was fatally shot in his home at Elm Street and Johnston Place on Nov. 11, 2013. He was the director of transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. He was praised for his role in shaping the region’s public transportation during his long career in government.

Music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, 59, was shot and killed on Feb. 6, 2014, when she opened the door of her home, in the 2400 block of Ridge Road Drive. A caregiver in her home was also shot and wounded. Lodato taught piano lessons for decades and played the organ and piano in houses of worship.

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