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Mother of Suspect Who Allegedly Plowed Into Charlottesville Protesters Speaks Out

14 August 2017

After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

Col Martin Kumer, the superintendent of Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, told The Guardian that James Fields was "charged with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death".

Police have identified the driver who killed Heyer as 20-year-old James Fields Jr.

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"I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here", tweeted Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was planning to visit two Charlottesville churches on Sunday to speak about Saturday's violence that left at least 35 people injured. One person died and at least 26 others were sent to the hospital after a vehicle plowed into a group of peaceful anti-racist counterprotesters amid days of race-fueled marches and violent clashes. Two of the men came from out of state. "That's why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he's going to take our country back". We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides'. He's calling for a "swift restoration of law and order".

The mayor of Charlottesville suggested Sunday that President Trump has created an environment in which white supremacists feel welcome to publicly promote their views.

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Before the rally could even begin, neo-Nazis, white nationalists and other far-right figures began brawling with large numbers of anti-racism protesters in the streets of the college town. Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado was among those critical of Trump.

"There's an old saying, when you dance with the devil, the devil changes you", Signer said, referring to the messaging that marked Trump's presidential bid. Watch the clip to hear what they had to say. Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted, quote "There is only one side". "The Richmond FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division and the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the deadly vehicular incident that occurred earlier Saturday morning", they said in a statement.

Christians on all sides of the political spectrum have vented their shock, horror and fury after white supremacists led marches in Virginia that led to one person being killed.

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Lt Gen McMaster told NBC's Meet the Press: "What he (Mr Trump) did is he called on all Americans to take a firm stand against it".

Mother of Suspect Who Allegedly Plowed Into Charlottesville Protesters Speaks Out