CATONSVILLE, Md. (WMAR) - Prayers. Thoughts. Tweets.
When a hero is killed in the line of duty, community members typically remember the victim with a wreath laying or candle light vigil.
The shooting death of 36-year-old Officer Jason Schneider prompted hundreds of people to take to social media with condolences.
"Thoughts & prayers going out to @BACOPoliceFire & the family of police officer Jason Schneider #LODD," one tweet from @Dundock read after the news was announced around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
From community members to organizations across the country -- the tweets continued.
Ellis Crow Solutions, a business located in New Hampshire said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in @BACOPoliceFire today as they deal with the loss of POFC Jason Schneider... too many this year."
ABC2 News reporter Brian Kuebler tweeted pictures from the scene. Yellow crime tape lined the streets where Schneider was killed.
Moments later came a tweet of respect from the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs:
"Lowering of the Maryland State Flag to Half Staff - Police Officer First Class Jason Schneider..."
It was a symbol of esteemed gratitude and honor for the veteran that served the Baltimore County Police Department for more than one dozen years.
Police and fire departments from across Maryland followed suit.
Our deepest sympathies on your loss. MT @BACOPoliceFire : POFC Jason Schneider , 36, fatally shot while serving warrant this am. - @PGPDNews
Our flags are now at half staff in memory and honor of BCoPD Officer Jason Schneider - @omvfco
The entire Metro Transit Police family sends our deepest condolences to @BACOPoliceFire , friends & family of POFC Jason Schneider . - @MetroTransitPD
@BACOPoliceFire Our condolences on the loss of POFC Jason Schneider . Thoughts and prayers are with your agency. - @mcpnews
The comments jumped from Twitter to Facebook. Iceis Hickman got personal on the ABC2 News fan page.
"Me and my family new (knew) him he was a funny, kind, caring person," Hickman posted. "He used to come in to 7-11...he was a very dedicated man to the force."
Officer Schneider will be remembered for his years of service in Baltimore County and his story forever stamped on social media.
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