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Hundreds show support for Officer Snyder at candlelight vigil

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Vigil held at Affton High School on October 6 for fallen police officer Blake Snyder (Credit: KMOV). Vigil held at Affton High School on October 6 for fallen police officer Blake Snyder (Credit: KMOV).

AFFTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - "We are not going to stand down. We are Affton strong," said Jan LaVar, vigil organizer. 

LaVar organized the vigil for officer Blake Synder at Affton High School. It was an emotional day that ended with an emotional gathering of people from all over the community. 

"I did not expect us to get the response that we have it is very overwhelming for me," said LaVar.

People in the stands lit candles for Snyder and showed support for law enforcement. 

"It is important that we stand up against this violence and support police officers. So many people have been so hard pressed," said Nicole Huggins, Affton resident. 

Some people in attendance , like Chris Kloppel have connections to law enforcement. 

"I've got two uncles they are both in St. Louis County and to put your body on the line, to go into work knowing you might not come home that day," said Kloppel. 

The severity of what happened weighed heavy on everyone's minds. 

"We lost two lives, mostly a police officer but then we lost a child. He just ruined his whole life and it is a shame but I feel so so sorry for the police officer," said Sue Mayor, Affton resident. 

While people were at the vigil to remember officer Snyder and thank officers, the chief for the St. Louis County Police Department showed his gratitude towards them. 

"Tonight, I want you to know how extremely proud I am to be able to serve you and how proud I am of each and every one you," said Chief John Belmar. 

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