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Hundreds come together in Officer Snyder's hometown for vigil

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Hundreds of people gathered at Alton High School to honor Officer Blake Snyder who was killed in the line of duty in south St. Louis County. Credit: KMOV Hundreds of people gathered at Alton High School to honor Officer Blake Snyder who was killed in the line of duty in south St. Louis County. Credit: KMOV
ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Hundreds came together Monday night to honor and remember officer Blake Snyder in his hometown of Alton. 

The community packed the football stadium to celebrate and pay their respects for the man shot and killed in the line of duty on October 6. 

Alton police officer P.J. Bennett has served on the Honor Guard before, but never for a friend. 

"Just knowing Blake my whole life, knowing his family it makes it incredibly hard, but it’s something I want to do and something I need to do,” said Bennett.

Born and raised in Godfrey, Ill., officer Snyder graduated from Alton High School in 2001. His classmates wanted to put together a fitting tribute for a man that has been serving his community long before he donned the badge. 

"I always feel like you have to have a calling to go into law enforcement, you can only do this job if you have that calling, Blake absolutely had that calling," said Bennett. 

Officer Snyder's wife Elizabeth, his 2-year-old son, as well as his parents and other family members were in attendance at the vigil. His close friends spoke before the community filled the stands, describing a man who gave his all every day. 

"He died doing what he believed in, what he thought was right, protecting his community," said Bennett. 

The community raised money through the sale of t-shirts and car decals that will go towards the Snyder family. Donations can also be made through BackStoppers

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