Virginia white supremacist rally: Over 2 dead after car plows into crowd

Virginia white supremacist rally: Over 2 dead after car plows into crowd

In response to the clashes, McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville.

The mother of the young man suspected of ramming his vehicle through a crowd of protesters during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, said she thought her son was attending a Trump-related rally on Saturday. Ted Cruz of Texas called on the Justice Department to launch an investigation. White nationalists and counter-protestors reportedly engaged in brawls and members white nationalists attacked counter-protestors with pepper spray. "When such actions arise form racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and can not be tolerated".

Fields, who is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, is now charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of failing to stop.

In addition to those injured in the auto incident, police said 15 others were wounded in other violence related to the white supremacist rally.

Officials in Charlottesville had approved the right-wing rally for August 12 - a protest against the city's decision to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee, the Confederate military leader during the American Civil War. Let's stand united with the people of Charlottesville and generations before us against racism, white supremacy, violence, and hate.

'Our message is plain and simple: Go home. "If you want to talk about them talk about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who brought our country together", McAuliffe continued. And you did hurt people.

Two Virginia state troopers en route to the crash scene in a helicopter were also killed when their chopper crashed, police said.

Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer blamed Mr Trump for inflaming racial prejudice during his presidential campaign previous year. However, he did not mention white nationalists and the alt-right movement in his remarks.

The Ku Klux Klan is an extremist hate group denounced across the world.

The New York Times reports that some were chanting "You will not replace us", and "Jew will not replace us".

"Trump did not specifically mention any of the white supremacist groups behind the Unite the Right" rally.