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Tuscaloosa plans events to commemorate April 27 tornado

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It is a time of mixed emotion in places that were hit very hard on April 27, 2011. A busy weekend has been planned in Tuscaloosa and the different types of events reflect that mixed emotion.

The April 27 tornado cut a six mile path through Tuscaloosa, moving through heavily populated areas. 53 people died in Tuscaloosa County as a result. Hundreds more were injured and thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed or badly damaged.

The Holt community was hit particularly hard. One storm survivor there is working with the group Holt in Action to organize a candlelight vigil on Saturday evening, remembering those lost in the storm.

"I've noticed that a lot of people have rebuilt, went on with their lives, and I don't want Tuscaloosa to forget what happened on that day. It's important that we just can't let that get away," said storm survivor Tameka Rancher.

The vigil will take place on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. at Soma Church.

As for the other side of the emotions people are feeling in this area, many people also want April 27th to be a day of looking forward and celebrating recovery. Two big events happening on Saturday in Tuscaloosa are the Mayor's Cup Race and the Dragon Boat Races on the Black Warrior River. Both of those are community events raising money for various causes in the community.

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