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Bertie County to hold ceremony for tornado victims

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WINDSOR, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina county where more people were killed by tornadoes than anywhere else in the state will honor victims and survivors with a special ceremony.

Bertie County officials plan to hold the ceremony on Tuesday at the Bertie Middle School Gym in Windsor.

The small rural county was hit particularly hard by the killer tornadoes that tore across the state on April 16. Twelve people in Bertie County died, accounting for half the entire death toll in North Carolina.

Three of the Bertie County residents killed all lived together at the same group home.

The ceremony is being held to honor not only the victims, but also survivors and community members who helped with relief work in the aftermath of the storms.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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