St. Louisians gather to pay final respects to Officer Blake Snyder

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AFFTON, MO (KPLR) – There was an epic show of support and love Wednesday night in Affton for a fallen police officer. Gravois was jammed with traffic for hours as hundreds, if not thousands of people waited in line at Kutis Funeral Home for Officer Blake Snyder’s family visitation.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon paid his respects; he was at the funeral home for about twenty minutes. Police officers from departments across the country made a strong show of support. Officers from Fort Worth, Texas gave sticker badges to kids.  Chris Nehring brought a group of Boy Scouts, “That’s overwhelming all the communities come around together and show our support for one another by doing this.”

St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder was shot and killed in the line of duty October 6th.  The funeral home was adorned with blue ribbons and blue lights.  A large American flag was hoisted in the air by Mehlville firefighters. People’s thoughts were focused on the officer’s family.  Vicky Askew was there, “I can’t imagine ever having to go through what they’re going through we just want them to know he was appreciated he was cared about.”

Support was a word heard over and over again as people arrived with flags and signs.  Boy Scout Shawn Hipperson said, “They constantly like they help they’re on our streets they’re waiting for us they’re helping us in general we need to show them we support them and are thankful that they’re doing that.”

The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 11 am at St. Louis Family Church in Chesterfield.