Toddler of slain cop receives teddy bears made from his uniform

By Litaletu Zidepa
07 December 2016

It’s been two months since Malachi Synder’s dad was brutally shot while on duty and the two-year-old hasn’t stopped asking for his daddy.

The 33-year old St. Louis County Police officer, Blake Synder, was fatally shot on the face by 18-year old Trenton Forster on October 6th, while reporting to a disturbance call.

But how do you tell a toddler he may never see his dad?

"He's been asking for his daddy a lot which is hard," Elizabeth Snyder told CNN. 

"I don't know how to respond to him yet. Every time I look at him, I'm also reminded of my husband not coming home."

For the toddler’s mother, explaining the sudden death to her son has been a difficult and heart-breaking thing to do.

Malachi has one thing that belongs to his dad: precious teddy bears made out of his uniform.

On November 30th, the widow shared a picture of her little “Chi” clutching two teddies under his arms with a smile on his face. Added in the photo was the caption: “These beautiful bears were made for us from Blake’s uniforms.”

The precious bears were made by a family friend as an early Christmas present for the toddler. Each bear contains a special message for the Malachi.

Special messages like “love you always” and “always with you” are sewn on the teddy bears.

“They can’t replace Malachi’s father, but at least they’ll get to see the little boy grow up,” Elizabeth told CNN.

She adds that she wants her son to grow up knowing his father, “a caring, loving, devoted father and hero”.

“He was a good man and a good police officer. The best,” she said. “And he sacrificed his life for others.

“He made the ultimate sacrifice, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”


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