By: Christine Souders
A benefit in memory of David Harker was held Friday night.
He's the Rock Island man who went missing last month.
Four days later he was found in the Mississippi River.
The 28-year-old left behind his wife, now widow, and two young children.
Many people came together at St. Pius Farrell Hall, to raise money for the family who misses him.
David Harker was last seen leaving a Moline bar Sunday, September 29th, and never made it home.
Since then, his family has been grieving the loss.
"I made the mistake that other day of going to his grave site, ruined the whole day, I couldn't function. There hasn't been a day where I haven't cried," said Dennis Harker, David's father.
He said the outpouring of love and support from hundreds of community members helped his family get through some of their darkest hours.
Margaret Wadsworth said the first time she met David Harker was at his funeral, but even so, she felt compelled to give,"I think it's just tragic, so the least that can be done is to give support, and help them in any way we can."
The support continued, by raising money through raffles, bake sales, and a silent auction at the benefit.
"To take the load and the burden off of the family, give them some time to grieve," said Jessica Johannes, who organized the benefit and she told us she don't know how much money they'll raise, but any little bit helps.
Dennis Harker said he couldn't be more grateful for the community's generosity,"Give me a return address because I really want to send thank you cards."
Organizers said if you weren't able to come to the benefit but still want to help, you can drop off money to any Deere Harvester Credit Union locations.