A candlelight vigil was held last night at Public School Stadium in Alton in honor of fallen St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder. The vigil featured a wreath presentation from the Alton Police Department Honor Guard, speeches by those who knew him best, a video commemorating his life and hundreds of balloons released in his honor. Officer Snyder was a member of the Alton High School Class of 2001 and grew up in Godfrey.

Missy Raley, a graduate of the class of 2001 and an organizer for the vigil, told the Big Z a little about Officer Snyder:

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Stephanie Hoke was also a member of the Class of 2001 and talks about why she volunteered:

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Officer Snyder was shot and killed in the line of duty last Thursday morning after responding to the report of a disturbance at a home in Green Park, Missouri.  A funeral visitation takes place Wednesday and a funeral service is set for Thursday in St. Louis County.  Burial will be in Godfrey.


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