Gov. Martinez: Charlottesville violence a 'cowardly attack'

Virginia Rally Organizer's News Conference Cut Short

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides - on many sides", he said.

A 32-year-old woman died after a vehicle plowed through a crowd.

A 20-year-old OH man is being held in connection to a crash that killed a counter protester at a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia today.

The 20-year-old man, identified as James Alex Fields Jr., is from Maumee, the mid-west state of OH, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail. "My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home". "It is racists and white supremacists". "If you want to talk about them talk about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who brought our country together", McAuliffe continued. "The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and as this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time", the statement reads as cited by NBC29 news outlet. "The First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans to speak their minds peaceably, but violence, brutality, and murder have no place in a civilized society". There are now reports that two police officers were also killed in a helicopter crash near the scene of the rally.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", Trump said during a short statement, adding that he had been closely following awful events unfolding in Virginia.

Residents Offer Prayers for Healing in Charlottesville
Residents Offer Prayers for Healing in Charlottesville

The driver was later arrested, authorities said.

President Trump spoke Saturday as unrest grew from a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Critics lambasted the president for failing to denounce the "Unite the Right" rally, held by white nationalists, which fuelled the riot.

Three people died in the violence that led to McAuliffe issuing a state of emergency earlier Saturday and canceling a rally over the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's statue from Emancipation Park in downtown Charlottesville.

A former leader of the Ku Klux Klan says the alt-right rally in Virginia was inspired by President Trump.

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