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Vigil to be held one year after fatal Orange County wrong-way crash

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The group was hit by a driver headed the wrong way on the interstate.

The public will have the opportunity Tuesday to honor the lives of three people who were killed one year ago in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 85.

A special vigil is being held tonight at the Franklin Street Courthouse for Darlene McGee, Felecia Harris and Harris' 6-year-old granddaughter Jahnice Beard.

They were killed when a Jeep driven by UNC-Chapel Hill student Chandler Kania collided head on with their vehicle as they returned from a family reunion in Virginia.

Investigators say Kania purchased and consumed alcohol before driving the wrong way down I-85. In court last year, prosecutors said Kania gave troopers someone else's ID when he was pulled over that showed he was 21 years old.

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An Orange County grand jury indicted Kania, who is from Asheboro, on three second-degree murder charges, three counts of felony death by a motor vehicle and one count of felony serious injury by a motor vehicle. He is also charged with obtaining alcohol with a false driver's license.

He was released from jail after his family posted a $1 million bond.

If convicted on all charges, Kania faces 40 to 50 years in prison.

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Relatives of the victims, representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, law officers and community leaders are among those who will be at the candlelight vigil. It starts at 8 p.m. at the Franklin Street Courthouse in Chapel Hill.

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