Weeks after his funeral, communities around St. Louis continue to show support for Officer Blake Snyder's family.
Saturday morning, car enthusiasts gathered in Affton. The group cruised to Faith Church in Sunset Hills for a car show fundraiser that included motorcycles, hot rods and exotic cars.
All money raised at the event will be donated to officer Snyder’s widow and son, who attended the gathering.
“We’re giving back to the people who give everything, every day,” said one organizer, Jason Barbaglia. “Blake Snyder gave the ultimate sacrifice, and we want to show that we appreciate that. We fully support our men and women in uniform, as well as all first responders. That’s who were here for.”
Also in south St. Louis County Saturday, several members of the Bosnian community held a barbeque fundraise for the Snyder family.
They set up near the Affton precinct where officer Snyder worked, blasting tunes with the help of Z107.7 and I Heart Radio.
“I live in south county, myself, and he was patrolling for us too,” said Irbro Suljic, of Arch Auto Sales, who helped organize the event. “Whoever gets in trouble, first thing you do is dial 911. [Police] are here for us. So we’re out here supporting them.”
Dzemal Bijedic works as a police chaplain, and with House of Goods, assisting refugees in St. Louis.
“There [are] a lot of Bosnians, the immigrant community of different nationalities, who care about police officers. And we are thankful for them protecting us every day,” he said.
Several officers from different departments, including St. Louis County, stopped by to grab a bite to eat and visit with the organizers.
“It’s just letting us know the community is getting closer and closer together,” Suljic said. “Everybody actually cares about each other and that’s how it’s supposed to be. There’s a lot of bad things that happen but we [have] to make sure that there’s good things that follow through with it.”
In the Metro East, people shared fond memories of a former customer.
The Team at SportClips in Edwardsville hosted a fundraiser for Officer Snyder, who used to get his hair cut at that location.
“Officer Snyder was a very loyal client of ours,” said Tyffani Allen, a former manager at the store. “He came in about every two and a half weeks to this location specifically.”
SportClips donated $5 from every full price MVP haircut on Saturday to Officer Snyder’s family. Beast Craft BBQ set up outside the store to serve food to customers.