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3 dead following white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia - FBI announces investigation

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Three people are dead and dozens were left injured after protests turned violent Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The violence erupted between white nationalists and counter-protesters. One counter-protester died and several others were injured after a driver plowed into a crowd.
The suspected driver was arrested and charged with second-degree murder
The FBI is launching an investigation into the car crash. President Donald Trump faced criticism for not explicitly condemning the white nationalist forces at the demonstrations.
A 32-year-old woman is dead and multiple...
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Photos show how a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville devolved into chaos and bloodshed

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Thomson Reuters A white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly on Saturday after a driver plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring many others.
Later that afternoon, two Virginia state police officers died in a helicopter crash that officials said was linked to the protests, although they did not clarify the connection.
The chaos originally began Friday evening at a “Unite the Right” rally called by white nationalists in response to a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in...
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'There is only one side': Obama and Biden weigh in on Charlottesville violence

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Former President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Saturday to weigh in on the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which took a deadly turn when a driver mowed down a crowd of pedestrians and killed one 32-year-old woman.
In a series of tweets, Obama quoted Nelson Mandela:
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"...For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela
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32-year-old Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer was passionate about social justice, her boss said

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Thomson Reuters - Heather Heyer came to downtown Charlottesville with her friends to make a stand against white nationalists who converged on the Virginia college town to demand the city keep a statue honoring a Confederate war hero, her boss said on Sunday.
The 32-year-old paralegal wanted to send a clear message to the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan sympathizers who planned to stage one of the largest far-right rallies in recent U.S. history that people abhor their views in the city where she was born, he said.
But her decision to join counter-protesters on Saturday resulted in tragedy when...
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Here's what we know about James Fields, the 20-year-old accused of mowing down protesters in Charlottesville

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Violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia took a deadly turn on Saturday when a driver plowed his vehicle through the crowd, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring several others.
The police on Saturday evening identified the suspected driver of the car as 20-year-old James Fields. The police told media they were holding him on suspicion of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one hit-and-run count.
Fields grew up in Kentucky and recently moved to Ohio, his...
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