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Son of slain police officer given teddy bears made from dad’s uniform

ST. LOUIS – Amid unimaginable grief, the widow of slain a Saint Louis, Missouri, police officer is expressing her gratitude on Facebook to those supporting her after the loss of her husband.

Elizabeth Snyder posted a picture Tuesday evening of her son Malachi holding two teddy bears with the caption, "These beautiful bears were made for us from Blake's uniforms."

Officer Blake Snyder was killed  in the early morning hours of October 6 after he and his partner responded to a disturbance call.

The accused shooter, Trent Forster, was seated inside a car parked outside the residence when Snyder and the other officer approached. Forster allegedly shot Snyder when the officer asked to see his hands. Snyder’s partner returned fire, hitting Forster several times. Forster was hospitalized and has since been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Elizabeth said in the past that she’s eternally grateful for all of the comfort she has received from the St. Louis community and across the nation as well, promising that her son will always know how much the community adored her husband and cared for their family.

This is Elizabeth Snyder's Facebook post from Thanksgiving:

"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!"

Blake Snyder was laid to rest Thursday, October 13 following a service at St. Louis Family Church in Chesterfield.

The BackStoppers organization is continuing to raise money across the region for Officer Snyder’s family.