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Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams holds his daughter, Madison Williams, during a visit home in 2008. He died in Afghanistan in December and a benefit is being held for the 6 year old girl. At left is her mother, Amanda Caldwell. (Tom Lange/The Elkhart Truth, File)
Benefit being planned for daughter of slain soldier
Posted on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.

A benefit at Fat Tomato will help the daughter of a soldier who died in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams died in Afghanistan on Dec. 17 as a result of a helicopter crash. More than 700 people attended his funeral. His father and others lauded him and his military service.

His daughter, Madison, is 6 years old. The Madison L. Williams Benefit Fund was set up at KeyBank to help replace the child support her mother was receiving. That child support ended with his death, according to Kris Howell, a family friend working to help promote the event.

The benefit will be at Fat Tomato from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Items donated by businesses will be raffled. All raffle and food sales will go to the girl, according to Howell.

Samuel Jay and the Jewels will play music from 7 to 9 p.m..

Others wishing to make donations can do so at KeyBank by indicating it's for the "Madison L. Williams Fund."

 Editor's note: Kris Howell isn't an organizer as the first version of this story noted. Debbie Passerallo, Jesse's mother, is working to organize it, Howell said.