Local leaders react to Charlottesville violence

Hundreds face off at white nationalist rally

Cruz called the violent clashes surrounding white nationalists and counter-protesters "acts of domestic terrorism".

The car-ramming attack followed a Friday night march, where hundreds of white supremacists carrying tiki torches clashed with counter-protests on the University of Virginia campus.

Nearly immediately Saturday night, people in our area began organizing vigils in support of those killed and injured in Charlottesville, Virginia.

James Alex Fields Jr, 20, of OH, has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene.

Field Jr, of OH, has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene.

Three people died Saturday in Charlottesville ― a 32-year-old woman was killed when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters, and two Virginia state troopers on duty perished when their helicopter crashed on the city's outskirts.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump said, as reported by CNN. Charlottesville police say the driver was taken into custody.

One person was killed and more than a dozen were injured.

In another deadly incident, a helicopter crash near Charlottesville hours after the violence had erupted, two people have been killed, according to Virginia state police. It's been going on for a long time in our country. "It has no place in America", said Trump to reporters Saturday.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer spoke out against President Trump's "failure" to denounce racist groups.

Officials in Charlottesville had approved the right-wing rally for August 12 - a protest against the city's decision to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee, the Confederate military leader during the American Civil War.

Police said only that the crash is under investigation and have not commented on specific aspects of the crash.

Although the focus of the white supremacists ostensibly was on preserving symbols of the confederacy, there were overt expressions of Nazi sympathy, including swastika flags, and signs that said "The Jewish media is going down".

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