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Thursday, October 13, 2016

St. Louis Police Officer Blake Snyder's Funeral is Today

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 6:00 AM

St. Louis Police Officer Blake Snyder will be buried today in Godfrey. - ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • St. Louis County Police
  • St. Louis Police Officer Blake Snyder will be buried today in Godfrey.
A funeral procession for St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder is expected to draw thousands of people today.

Snyder, who was shot dead during an early morning disturbance call, will be mourned during an 11 a.m. service at St. Louis Family Church in Chesterfield. He is to be buried at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in Godfrey, near where he grew up.

The nearly 50-mile route runs along Interstate 64 East to Interstate 270 North, cutting north on Highway 367 across the Mississippi River into the Metro East. The procession will then go west on County Route 100 to Clifton Terrace Road before turning back east on West Delmar Avenue and into the cemetery.

County police ask mourners hoping to pay their respects at the beginning of the route to avoid Chesterfield Airport Road next to the church and gather instead along Edison Avenue. Edison will be closed from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. between Long and Baxter roads, authorities say.

All lanes of I-64 East will be closed intermittently beginning at 12:30 p.m. Eastbound traffic will be forced to exit at Boones Crossing.

Snyder, a married father of a two-year-old boy, responded at 5 a.m. on October 6 to Green Park in south county. Police say eighteen-year-old Trenton Forster of Affton shot Snyder almost immediately.

A backup officer then shot Forster, but it was too late for the Snyder. The 33-year-old officer died shortly after the attack, authorities say. Forster survived and was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He's being held on $1 million cash bond.

BackStoppers, a non-profit that helps families of fallen emergency responders, is accepting donations to benefit Snyder's widow and son.

Traffic updates regarding the procession will provided on Twitter by Chesterfield police and MoDOT.

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