Son of murdered police officer received teddy bears made from dad’s uniform

CLAYTON, MO (WCMH) – The widow of a slain Missouri police officer shared photos Tuesday of her son holding two teddy bears made from his dad’s old uniforms.

An undated photo provided by the St. Louis County Police Department shows St. Louis County Police officer Blake Snyder. Police say 33-year-old white officer Blake Snyder was fatally wounded during a pre-dawn shooting Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Green Park, Mo., a small middle-class community. Police say the suspect, an 18-year-old white male, is in critical but stable condition after being shot by another officer.  (St. Louis County Police Department via AP)
(St. Louis County Police Department via AP)

On October 6, Officer Blake Snyder, 33, was shot point-blank after encountering a man accused of causing the disturbance in a normally quiet, middle-class suburban neighborhood in Green Park, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said.

Tuesday, Officer Snyder’s widow, Elizabeth Snyder, shared a picture of her son holding two teddy bears, captioned, “These beautiful bears were made for us from Blake’s uniforms.”

In another post on Thanksgiving, Elizabeth Snyder said she is grateful for her time with Blake and grateful for the support she has received in the time following her husband’s death.

Today I am thankful for, above all else, Blake and Malachi. My life was forever changed the day I started dating Blake Curtis. His love, kindness, generosity, and overall goofy personality won me over before I knew it. The last 6 years of my life spent with him showed me just how deep love can be and just how fast it can be taken away. The moment Blake saw Malachi for the first time will always be a memory I will cherish and hold on to. He wasn’t perfect, (no one is), but he WAS a perfect father. He loved Chi with every fiber of his being and wanted the world for him. These two boys mean everything to me, and I’m thankful I have a bit of Blake still here with me. I am also thankful for every person who has generously helped support Chi and I. I’m not sure where we would be without you all. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I pray you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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