GODFREY, ILL. - People in the Metro East are remembering a local officer shot and killed in the line of duty.
A large crowd gathered Friday morning for a prayer service around the flagpole at Evangelical School in Godfrey.
It was all in honor of Officer Blake Snyder of the St. Louis County Police Department.
The 33-year-old died during an ambush attack while responding early Thursday morning to a disturbance at a home in the Affton area.
“We were all very saddened and upset by the news and wanting to take comfort in each other,” said Maria Baalman, the school’s principal.
It’s the same school that Snyder and his brother attended when they were younger.
"I remember him as a very nice, a very sweet guy,” said Tim Sandifer, the school’s youth and Christian education.
Even as he moved on and grew up to become a police officer, those in attendance said Snyder remained involved in the community.
Sandifer said, “"He has grown up into an amazing adult and father and son and. Both sides of the river have seen his impact."
And for the first time since the tragic killing, Snyder’s mother is speaking out about her son’s death.
She attended the service and told the crowd, “In every day he did something to serve others. Either a stranger or someone he knew."
She added that the family was incredibly thankful for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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