ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The widow of a St. Louis officer who was recently killed in the line of duty took to social media Saturday to thank the community for their outpouring of support.
Just 10 days after losing her husband, Elizabeth Snyder shared an emotional photo that shows her snuggling with their son, Malachi.
“He is my peace and my anchor through this devastating storm,” she said in her post.
Elizabeth’s husband, Officer Blake Snyder, was shot and killed early Thursday, Oct. 6. He was responding to a call for a disturbance in south St. Louis County. KTVI reports the accused shooter, 18-year-old Trent Forster, was seated inside a car parked outside the residence when Snyder and another other officer approached. The 18-year-old allegedly fired at Snyder when the officer asked to see his hands. Snyder’s partner returned fire and hit Forster several times. Forster was hospitalized and has since been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
“This pain that hasn’t subsided, that hasn’t alleviated, is unbearable and unending,” Elizabeth said in her post. “But this child here- he has been the hope in my heartache.”
Elizabeth went on to express her gratitude for all the support she has received from the St. Louis community and nationwide.
“Your love and kindness has helped in more ways than I can describe, and I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Elizabeth said.
After expressing her thanks, Elizabeth ended her post with, “Because of you, Malachi will ALWAYS know who his father was. Blake will never be forgotten, and Malachi will truly know how much the community loves him and cared for him. Thank you oh so much.”
Over the weekend her post was like more than 81,000 times and shared more than 15,500 times.