Officials say the deaths of two people in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville have been linked to a violent white nationalist rally earlier in the day. It was not immediately clear how the crash was connected to the rally. The pilot and a passenger were killed.
- A hospital official says one person is dead and 19 are injured after a car plowed into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville. A state official said the James Alan Fields Jr., 20, is in custody with criminal homicide charges pending. The victim was a 32-year-old woman crossing the street.
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- Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler called for what he termed a "pro-white" rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of the Confederal Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.
- There were also fights Friday night, when hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus carrying torches.
- In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters.
- Between rally attendees and counter-protesters, authorities were expecting as many as 6,000 people, Charlottesville police said this week.
- Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which track extremist groups, said the event has the potential to be the largest of its kind in at least a decade.
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