Fatal helicopter crash in Charlottesville linked to violent white nationalist rally

Fatal helicopter crash in Charlottesville linked to violent white nationalist rally

Fatal helicopter crash in Charlottesville linked to violent white nationalist rally

Federal law enforcement authorities have started a civil rights investigation into a deadly auto crash in Charlottesville that left one protestor dead and several others injured.

Kessler, a local blogger and activist, said in an interview Saturday evening that whoever drove a auto into a group of counter-protesters "did the wrong thing".

Officials said the crash was related to the rally.

The president's silence had been noticeable Friday night, as a few hundred tiki torch-bearing white supremacists - mostly young men - paraded through the University of Virginia campus while chanting racist taunts and flaunting Nazi paraphernalia.

James Alex Fields of Maumee, Ohio, is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run/failure to stop at an accident with an injury, according to the Charlottesville Police Department.

Susana Martinez said Saturday she was asking her state residents to pray for the victims in Charlottesville and to condemn "the white supremacists responsible for this cowardly attack". Later a helicopter responding to the violence crashed outside the city, killing two state police troopers.

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What started as a white supremacy gathering to protest the town removing a Confederate statue quickly turned violent as the supremacists and counter-protestors clashed in the Virginia town.

"Sometimes, there are people trying to sound self-righteous when really, the president made it extremely clear - all of us condemn this horrifying tragedy", Franks said.

A 32-year-old woman died and 19 people were injured when a vehicle plowed into a group described by a witness as "anti-racist protesters" near the intersection of 4th and Water streets downtown, officials said. Our message is plain and simple: Go home.

Republican Delaware Senator Cory Gardner, in a tweet, told the president "we must call evil by its name".

"Jay has flown us across the commonwealth for more than three and a half years", McAuliffe said in a statement. "We don't need that right now in this country", Walsh said of what happened in Virginia.

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