Slain officer described by church family as man of faith, character

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TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KTVI) - Accepting and digesting the death of Officer Blake Snyder is a near impossible task for his family, friends, and colleagues.

Pastor Jim Stern of Destiny Church was friends with Snyder for almost 12 years. He hired him to work in their IT department before he left to join the police force. Stern said no one in the church community is doing well with the sudden loss.

“It’s one of those things that makes your head spin; it makes your heart spin,” Stern said. “It is just bizarre.”

Snyder is being described as faithful, reliable, and a man of great character. Pastor Stern and his wife, Jessica, got to know Blake and his wife, Elizabeth, very well after officiating their wedding three years ago.

“They were just those people who were all gaga for each other,” Jessica Stern said. “They were totally in love; they kind of made you sick, they were sugary sweet. It was a blessing to see that. My prayers go out to the family and to Elizabeth.”

Snyder became an officer because of Elizabeth’s father, who was an officer and passed away from cancer. His brother-in-law is also a St. Louis County police officer. Blake was all about honor and doing the right thing.

Pastor Stern said he remembers talking to Blake 90 days into his training and asking him how it was going. Blake told him he loved it and that he was doing what he wanted to do.

Snyder's family understood the risks that go along with protecting and serving, but nothing ever prepares you for this.

“You do want to know why a guy like this has to be taken; a good guy, a guy who was serving his family and community, but I just have to trust that something good can come out this horrible tragedy,” Jessica Stern said.

It’s a question the Sterns cannot answer, outside of saying they have to trust the Lord’s will.

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