Loved ones and strangers came to Kutis Funeral Home in Affton, Missouri, Wednesday, lining through the parking lot for a chance to honor a fallen police officer.
St. Louis County Officer Blake Synder was shot and killed in the line of duty last week.
Community members in the bi-state held several memorial services for him in recent days.
Many who came to his visitation waited several hours to see family and loved ones. Friends, local leaders, and police from all around the country came to pay their respects.
Ed Mocada is a member of the South County Baptist Church. He came to support several police officers who are members.
“[I] got to be with them and just to be part of a community, and being here to support the family and friends.”
Many out-of-state police departments sent representatives to the services, including Fort Worth, Texas. Officers from that department greeted community members lining the street outside the funeral home Wednesday.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Jan LaVar, an Affton resident.
LaVar didn’t know Snyder, but knows several other police officers in the area. She and a large group of residents held flags and supportive signs across the street from the funeral home.
“As a community, were really hoping that his wife understands the impact he made on this community as a police officer, and the impact his passing has on us. Because it has touched every one of us,” she said.
Snyder’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday morning. For more information about the service and funeral procession route here.