CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) – A week after he was shot and killed responding to reports of a man banging on door at five in the morning, St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder was honored with a standing room-only funeral.
Thousands packed the Family Church in Chesterfield, including hundreds who watched outside or in adjoining rooms on jumbo screens.
Some 2,000 police officers attended, many from out of state, some from as far away as New York City.
“Blake lived to serve others and he died serving others,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger says in an emotional speech.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar also spoke, saying there “are no words” to convey the loss Snyder’s family feels.
“But I want you to know the support you have realized over the past few days is real and you are now and forever a part of the St. Louis County Police family,” he says.
Snyder is survived by his wife Elizabeth, their son Malachai, his parents and others.
Along the funeral route, giant American flags hung from the overpasses, draped on the ladders of fire trucks.
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