Widow of slain St. Louis County officer shares message about recent police shootings

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The widow of a slain St. Louis County Police officer went live on Facebook Thursday night. Elizabeth Snyder wants to thank everyone for their generosity. She also has a message about other police officers that have been recently been shot or killed in the line of duty.

“It is still kind of hard to talk about, obviously. I am so sad every time I hear something on the news or when someone text messages me about the latest shooting of an officer. The latest one I heard about was the Tacoma one. It makes me cry every time because officers are being targeted. They were being targeted before this all happened, but I feel it has strengthened a little bit in the past couple of months.

The support for officers has definitely come out. But they also still have a target on their back. It is really hard to hear that other families are going through the same thing my family is going through.

Officers are being shot almost daily. It is a very sad world we live in. A lot of people are really messed up and have different ideals on life and the value of life. It is just so very, very sad.”

Snyder then goes to answer some of the comments her friends and fans are leaving on Facebook. When she returns she says:

I went to the Chester Illinois officer’s funeral and I met his family. It was just so sad to see that they were going through the exact same thing I did a month earlier. I wanted them to know that hte had support across the river.

It is a big deal. It is great that everyone brings out their support for law enforcement. I have heard several stories over the past few days of people travelling through St. Louis. They can still see the support.

I think that law enforcement needs to know how you feel about them. There are haters out there, people who don’t like officers. Usually the ones who get in trouble with them a lot. There are a lot of people who love them a lot.

When you can, show them that you love them. Just give them a hug, that works too. They just like knowing it, and having an encouraging word. I know I do. My family loves the love.

It is still hard to see that it is happening every day.”

Elizabeth posted a picture Tuesday evening of her son with what appear to be two teddy bears. She writes, “These beautiful bears were made for us from Blake’s uniforms.”

Officer Snyder and his partner were responding to a disturbance call in the early morning hours on October 6 at a home in the 10700 block of Arno Drive in Green Park. The accused shooter, Trent Forster, was seated inside a car parked outside the residence when Snyder and the other officer approached. Forster allegedly shot Snyder when the officer asked to see his hands. Snyder’s partner returned fire, hitting Forster several times. Forster was hospitalized and has since been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Blake Snyder was laid to rest Thursday, October 13 following a service at St. Louis Family Church in Chesterfield.

The BackStoppers organization is continuing to raise money across the region for Officer Snyder’s family.

The shirts are available at: http://www.facebook.com/supportbadge/