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Benefit held for mother of girls murdered in River Falls

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More than a month after the Schaffhausen girls were murdered inside their own home, the community of River Falls, Wis., continues to mourn.

"The loss is unimaginable," said Tenae Klewicki. "What Jessica is going through -- it's really touched every member of our community, our classrooms, our kids. It's a loss you can't define."

On Saturday, dozens of performers -- including a former American Idol contestant came together to try and lift spirits in the town.

Former Idol star Reed Grimm, of nearby Ellsworth, Wis., headlined the benefit for the Schaffhausen family.

"I can only hope that the family feels love, feels connected," Grimm said.

Prosecutors have accused Aaron Schaffhausen of murdering his three daughters  in July. Criminal documents state that 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie, and 5-year-old Cecelia were killed inside their home. Since then, the community has rallied around the girls' mother, Jessica Schaffhausen.

Benefit organizer Laura Decheine told FOX 9 News she decided she wanted to put on a show, and that's why she got her dance students to perform at the fundraiser.

"I have three children myself. I feel I know her and have a connection to her just by being a mom," said Decheine.

Decheine said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Jessica Schaffhausen. A memorial fund has also been set up at First National Bank of River Falls.

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