Three dead, at least 19 others injured after violent outbreak at VA rally

Aug 13, 2017

UPDATE:  The 32-year-old woman killed when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters Saturday, has been identified as Heather Hyer of Charlottesville, who worked as a paralegal. According to friends/family on Facebook, her last post was, "If you are not outraged you are not paying attention."   

Jame Alex Fields
Credit Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail

Charlottesville Police say the suspect, James Fields Jr., is being held on suspicion of second degree murder. He's identified as a 20-year old white man from Maumee, Ohio. Virginia state troopers were killed when a helicopter patrolling the scene crashed outside of Charlottesville. Charlottesville police say the driver was taken into custody.  The mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, says on Twitter that he's "heartbroken that a life has been lost."  At least 35 people in total have been reported injured in the violence today.

Virginia's Governor is condemning the people behind the violence that broke out at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville Saturday. Terry McAuliffe said there's no place in America for white supremacists and Nazis.  McAuliffe told the white supremacists and Nazis to go home, saying they are not welcome in Virginia. Virginia State Police say they've made three arrests in connection with the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.  The three men are facing various charges, including assault and carrying a concealed weapon.  Two of the men came from out of state.

President Donald Trump said hate and division have no place in America.  In New Jersey today, the President condemned the violent outbreak in Charlottesville, Virginia. A white nationalist rally broke out in violence over the planned removal of a Confederate General Robert E. Lee statue.  Trump said it is an egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence "on many sides."  He's calling for a "swift restoration of law and order." 

Trump is taking heat for what he didn't say in his remarks on the Charlottesville violence.  Trump did not specifically mention any of the white supremacist groups behind the  Unite the Right" rally.  Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado was among those critical of Trump.  He tweeted. "Mr. President - we must call evil by its name." 

Republican Florida Senator said it's very important for the nation to hear the President describe events for what they are, "a terror attack by white supremacists."  Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted, quote "There is only one side. #charlottesville."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is adding his voice those who are condemning today's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  In a statement, Sessions called it "totally contrary to American values and can never be tolerated." The Justice Department and the FBI will launch a federal civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack at a Virginia alt-right rally. 

A former leader of the Ku Klux Klan says the alt-right rally in Virginia was inspired by President Trump.  David Duke told reporters in Charlottesville that the rally was a turning point in fulfilling Trump's promise to take America back.  Duke said that's why he and others at the rally voted for him.