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Vigil For David Harker Draws Scores


A two day search for a missing Rock Island man ended Wednesday.

Police recovered the body of 28 year old David Harker from the Mississippi River.

He'd been missing since Sunday. Hundreds of volunteers helped police search for Harker over the last two days.

Hiking through ravines and spreading the word through social media.

Many also gathered to console each other over Harker's loss at a vigil in Rock Island's Lincoln Park.

Harker took his two children to play there, the family thought it was appropriate to come back, using a location of happier times to help ease the pain of today's loss.

This vigil almost didn't happen, Harker's father Dennis told the crowd of nearly 200 people that it was supposed to be a vigil of hope.

With the discovery of David's body, Dennis wanted to cancel.

He was convinced not too, instead turning the vigil in one of love and gratitude.

Thanking the volunteers and the police department for the search.

Thanking people reaching out to him from across the globe on social media, offering their condolences.

"I couldn't walk anywhere without meeting somebody else looking, and many more just went out looking on their own, did not go to the police station and register, people everywhere were looking," says Dennis Harker.

He told the crowd that even though the search for David is over, the community spirit is not lost.

He asks them to do the same thing for the next person that goes missing.

Continue paying it forward, as they did for David.

Moline police are calling David's death accidental at this time.

An autopsy has been scheduled to try and provide more answers surrounding David's death.

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