Hundreds come out to celebrate David Harker’s life at benefit

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Family, friends and community members gathered to celebrate the life of David Harker.
A benefit was held Friday, October 25, 2013 for David Harker's family.

Money raised from the benefit will go towards his wife and two children. There was food, a silent auction, and a band.

"Whatever we can possibly do to make a positive impact on their future tonight, is my goal," said Jessica Johannes, a family friend who put the benefit together.

An overwhelming amount of donations were given and plenty of people came out to lend a helping hand.

28 year old David went missing September 29, 2013 after he never came home from Twenty Sports Bar and Grill in Moline. Sadly, after days of searching, his body was found in the Mississippi River.

"He was loved by a lot of people," said David's dad, Dennis Harker.

David's family are still trying to cope with his loss, but they say the benefit is not to dwell on the past, but to celebrate David's life. Through it all, it's been with the help of the Quad City community.

"The pile of cards we got at home is just phenomenal," said Dennis.

Support that family and friends are sure will carry on.

"This community has shown that they've supported once and they'll support again and it's a beautiful thing," said Johannes.

There is also a fund set up for Harker at any DHCU Communiy Credit Union Location.