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Man arrested over vehicle attack in Virginia

Man arrested over vehicle attack in Virginia

James Alex Fields, Jr. of Maumee Ohio faces one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run after the incident, which sent pedestrians flying.

A 32-year-old woman was killed as she was crossing the street and a auto was driven into a crowd of counter-demonstrators.

Thomas told reporters a 32-year-old woman was killed while she was crossing the street.

The tragedy occurred doing a day marked by violence, as white supremacists descended upon the college town by the hundreds and thousands of counter-protesters blocked their way.

On August 12th, a pre-night rally took place where attendees marched through the University of Virginia carrying tiki torches lit on fire.

The Associated Press reported that the driver has been arrested.

While there are still many unanswered questions about James Alex Fields Jr., including whether he had an active presence on Facebook or other social media, there have been some clues from the social media accounts of family members.

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Kessler said this week that the rally is partly about the removal of Confederate symbols but also about free speech and "advocating for white people".

US President Donald Trump condemned the violence, saying that "the hate and the division must stop right now", while seemingly holding "many sides" responsible for the violence.

Virginia State Police confirmed the deaths in a statement.

The vehicle that plowed into a crowd of Charlottesville counter-protesters Saturday afternoon was purchased in Northern Kentucky and registered in OH, records show.

Charlottesville officials said two people were treated for serious injuries after fights broke out earlier in the leadup to the rally that city officials declared an "unlawful assembly".

"Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident, and it is my hope that any individuals responsible for criminal acts are held accountable", she said in a statement.


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