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Blood drive held in fallen deputy's honor

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LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

In honor of the one-year anniversary of a Laurens County deputy who was killed in the line of duty, a blood drive is being held Thursday.

Deputy Roger Rice was shot and killed on July 13 and days later the Blood Connection helped sponsor a donation drive. The organization will host The Second Annual Roger Rice Blood Drive at the Laurens County Sheriff's Office on Thursday.

In 2011, 250 people donated blood in Rice's honor and Blood Connection had to bring in two additional donation buses to handle everyone who came to donate.

SLIDESHOW: Blood donated in deputy's honor

Officials hope to see as many donors this year. Supporters can stop by the sheriff's office at 216 West Main St. in Laurens from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The man accused of killing Rice is in jail in Greenwood County. Bennie Brown Jr. is also accused of killing his girlfriend Nicole Kingsborough outside of her work in Clinton, which led to a manhunt and the shootout where Rice was shot.

If convicted, Brown may face the death penalty. No trial date has been set yet.

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