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Rockin' for Rice commemorates victim's would-be twentieth birthday

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Hundreds of people commemorated what would have been the birthday of a DWI accident victim.

The Wasteland on Main Street played host Saturday to the latest "Rockin' for Rice" concert to honor Alix Rice on her would-be twentieth birthday. The event featured several bands, including metal group Dead Hearts, which returned from a seven year hiatus.

Proceeds will benefit the proposed skate park in Rice's name being built in Amherst.

Organizers said that some good can come out of this tragedy.

Event organizer Jeremy Smith said, "We thought it was a fantastic idea to not only try and preserve the name of Alix Rice, so it stays fresh in our minds and in the tragedy that occurred, but also to give a safe place for children and young adults to skateboard."

The skate park is expected to be done next year.

Rice was killed in July 2011 after she was hit by a car driven by Doctor James Corasanti in Amherst. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP