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Funeral set for Monday for Rockwall police officer who died from COVID-19

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.
Credit: Rockwall PD
Officer Tracy Gaines has served with the Rockwall Police Department since 2005.

ROCKWALL, Texas — Funeral services for a Rockwall police officer who died from COVID-19 are scheduled for next week. 

Officer Tracy Gaines had been hospitalized since July 11 with the illness. He died Aug. 3 in the morning at the age of 49. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park. 

Prior to becoming a police officer, Gaines served in the Air Force for 20 years. He leaves behind his wife and two sons.

Gaines likely contracted the disease at a small gathering at his house. His entire family tested positive for COVID-19, but he was the only one hospitalized.

He did have an underlying condition, according to Rockwall police investigator Laurie Burks.

Thursday evening, more than 400 people showed up to a vigil for Officer Gaines at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium in Rockwall. 

The vigil, hosted by the Rockwall Police Association, was held at the place Officer Gaines would normally work Friday night football games.

"This is a perfect place. I wish he could see it. I wish he could see the love," said a participant at the vigil.

Those wishing to support his family can donate to atodallas.org, Rockwall police said.