Community mourns loss of Minneapolis Police Sgt. Jesse Garcia

Minneapolis Police Sgt. Jesse Garcia, a longtime public information officer and familiar face in the community, has passed away, sources confirmed to Fox 9. He had been battling Stage 4 stomach cancer at age 49.

Friends and family recently gathered on July 23 for a benefit bike ride in his honor in St. Paul. Bike Cops for Kids, an organization near and dear to his heart, also organized a bike ride at South High School in his memory Thursday morning.

"Bike ride with the Chief today, come to South High School at 0930hrs and join us. South side to North side, we have a great route picked out. Something tells me JGARlll will be with us??," the group's Facebook page reads.

Sources: MPD officer Jesse Garcia (49) battle with Stomach Cancer is over. RIP.

— Jeff Passolt (@JeffPassoltFOX9) July 30, 2015

Former MPD spox Jesse Garcia has passed away after illness. A great cop, even human being. RIP.

— Tom Lyden (@LydenFOX9) July 30, 2015

RIP Jesse Garcia

— Mark Klukow (@bikecopsforkids) July 30, 2015

Our prayers&thoughts go out to the family of the MPD today as they say goodbye to Sgt.Jesse Garcia.May God bless him

— St. Paul Police PIO (@sppdPIO) July 30, 2015

MPD mourns loss of Sgt Jesse Garcia. Always difficult to lose member of our law enforcement family. Thoughts & prayers go out to his family

— Minneapolis Police (@MPD_PIO) July 30, 2015

@MPD_PIO Your brothers & sisters of MFD mourn with you. We are deeply saddened & join you in supporting his family.

— Minneapolis Fire (@MinneapolisFire) July 30, 2015
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