It was a somber day in Stanislaus County as officers, friends and loved ones paid their respects to fallen Deputy Dennis Wallace.
Wallace, a 20-year veteran of the department, was shot twice in the head, execution style, in Fox Grove Park earlier this month, according to investigators.
The 53-year-old was also a soccer coach, a football referee and a mentor to kids in his community.
At the funeral, nephew Jacob shared how loving his uncle was and how oftentimes his 34 nieces and nephews would come to him for some advice.
“He’d also say quit crying… because crying makes you ugly, and most of you don’t need help with that,” Jacob Wallace joked.
At his grave, sheriff’s helicopters flew over Lakewood Memorial Park.
His wife, Mercedes, was given the U.S. flag from his casket, comforted by her brother-in-law, Modesto police Detective Dave Wallace.
One last goodbye to a man who meant so much to so many.
“I know that through this Dennis would want us to smile and laugh, we will heal,” Dave Wallace said.
Law enforcement from more than a hundred agencies across the country came to pay their respects.