08/13/2017

One Dead After Car Drives Into Crowd After Charlottesville White Supremacist Rally [Watch]

Kyle Feldscher, Washington Examiner

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One person died from injuries suffered when a man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer confirmed one person was dead due to the crash.

"I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home," Singer tweeted.

The crash took place just before 1:45 p.m. Saturday in Charlottesville as counter-protesters were milling about the streets of the town.

Earlier in the day, white supremacists were scheduled to hold a rally in Emancipation Park called "Unite The Right." The protest was supposed to show unhappiness with the decision of the town to remove a statute of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, but it became a gathering point for white supremacists around the country.

That led to counter-protests from anti-fascist and other leftist groups. Clashes between the two sides took place throughout the morning, and local and state authorities eventually declared a state of emergency.

Police then declared the rally an "unlawful assembly" and shut it down.

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