Two months ago, St. Louis police officer Blake Snyder was shot dead at close range after responding to a disturbance call. His two-year-old son, Malachi, is still waiting for him to walk through the door.
“He’s been asking for his daddy a lot which is hard,” the boy’s mother, Elizabeth Snyder told KTVI. “I don’t know how to respond to him yet. Every time I look at him, I’m also reminded of my husband not coming home.”
The St. Louis community has rallied around the mother and son. A local park often visited by the Snyder family was renamed in honor of the fallen officer and the dedication ceremony was attended by hundreds of police.
Elizabeth posted a photo to her Instagram account Tuesday of a gift from a family friend: two teddy bears made from Blake’s uniform. The words “love you always” and “always with you” are sewn into the feet of each bear.
“I am deeply proud of my husband,” she said. “He is a hero. A true hero, and his son will grow up knowing that.”
Trent Forster, the suspect accused of murdering Snyder, was shot at the scene by Snyder’s partner and hospitalized. Foster is currently facing charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.