ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — October 6, 2016.
It's a day many in our area, especially those with the St. Louis County Police Department, will never forget.
Early that Thursday morning, Officer Blake Snyder responded to a call in Green Park, Missouri. Almost as soon as he arrived on the scene, then-18-year-old Trenton Forster opened fire, fatally shooting the 33-year-old officer.
Snyder was a 4-year veteran of the police force who was survived by a young son named Malachi and his wife Elizabeth.
In the months following the deadly shooting, family, friends and community members came together to honor Snyder and support his family.
In 2019, Trenton Forster was found guilty of first-degree murder after a five-day trial in St. Louis County. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“Thank you, God!" Snyder’s widow posted on Facebook after the verdict. "Now I can return home and squeeze my little munchkin and tell him one day how justice was served.”
Snyder's widow continues to cope with the grief and started a Facebook page called "A Warrior's Widow" to help others going through similar struggles. Click here to view 'A Warrior's Widow' Facebook page.
Blake Snyder may be gone, but the person he was and his service to his community will never be forgotten.