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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A ceremony scheduled for the State Capitol grounds is paying respects to the 1,271 people killed in traffic accidents in North Carolina in 2012.

The “Tree of Life” ceremony and candlelight vigil is set for Friday at 5:30 p.m. Among those expected to attend are state Transportation Secretary Tony Tata and David Britt, whose 23-year-old son Ashley was killed by an impaired driver in April 2012.

The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program will light the “Tree of Life.” The candlelight vigil is hosted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and will follow the tree lighting to honor the 442 people who died last year as a result of an impaired driver.

The “Tree of Life” will remain on display through Jan. 3.

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