- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The widow of a St. Louis County police officer who was fatally shot is using social media to process her grief and humanize officers.

Elizabeth Snyder, 24, has been making a series of Facebook posts since her 33-year-old husband, Blake Snyder, was killed on Oct. 6 while responding to a domestic disturbance call, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/2j4w3gp ). An 18-year-old man has been charged in Snyder’s killing.

The posts vary from photographs with her 2-year-old son, Malachi, to photos of the house she used to share with Blake. Many of the posts, which are receiving tens of thousands of shares, include Elizabeth Snyder’s emotional pain and grief of her husband’s death.

“He told me horror stories about how people didn’t treat them like humans,” she said. “The reason for me being public with such a private issue is to raise awareness for law enforcement officers, because more people need to understand that officers are human, they have families and children and lives outside of work.”

Snyder said her social media postings have helped her through the experience of losing her husband. She said every Facebook post generates hundreds of private messages sent to her from people around the world. Snyder said she has tried to respond to every message, but still has hundreds to get through.

“It’s tiring, but it’s been good having something to do every day,” Snyder said. “It’s been a good distraction from the real issues and reality of what I’m going home to.”

The Post-Dispatch reports that Snyder plans to help with a documentary about her husband’s life. It’s to be made by a woman who found Snyder’s story on Facebook and wants to raise awareness about violence against police.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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