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Event held for slain Clay County Sheriff's detective

David White, 35, killed in meth house raid

Detective David White
Detective David White

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. – A benefit was held for Clay County Sheriff's Detective David White, who was killed in the line of duty during a raid of a suspected meth lab.

White, 35, was shot and killed during the raid in Middleburg in February. His partner, Matt Hanlin, was also shot.

The benefit was held at the Chicago Pizza in Fleming Island on Sunday.

"We have a big restaurant with nobody in it on Sundays so we said lets raise some money," said Jimmy Demarco with Chicago Pizza.

The organizers of the event also asked the Sheriff's Office for help.

"It just lets us know that they respect what we do and they appreciate the service we provide at the Sheriff's Office," said Deputy Keith Smith.

The money raised at the benefit will be given to White's and Hanlin's families-.

"We're gonna take care of them. That's our brotherhood. That's what we're gonna do and that's what we need to do," said Smith.

The fundraiser began Sunday afternoon and was expected to continue into Sunday evening.

"He sacrificed his life for us," said Jaspree Hudson, who attended the fundraiser.

"He was doing a good deed on his job, and it's very sad, but we're here to show our love and support," said Krystal Hudson.

Another fundraiser is being planned as a celebrity golf tournament. It's tentatively scheduled for September.

White was the first Clay County deputy to be killed in the line of duty in almost 40 years.

He is survived by his wife and two children.