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White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of Virginia on the eve of a planned Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville

Trump Urges Unity As Violence Erupts Ahead Of White Supremacist Rally

Several hundred protesters were marching when the auto appeared to deliberately drive into a group of them, The Associated Press reported.

Shortly after, a Virginia State Police helicopter that officials said was assisting with the rally crashed outside Charlottesville, killing the pilot and a trooper.

James Alex Fields of Ohio's arrest was confirmed by the local jail superintendent and he is now being held without bail for the murder of a 32-year old woman.

Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.

Police in Virginia have arrested the driver suspected of plowing his vehicle into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, killing one woman and injuring 19 people, five of whom are in critical condition.

In a brief appearance, US President Donald Trump condemned the violence and "hate" in the city.

- David Perdue (@sendavidperdue) August 12, 2017I strongly condemn the hatred and violence in Charlottesville.

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One person was killed and dozens were injured during the violent day. "It has been going on for a long time in our country - not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama".

Fatal riots broke out in the liberal town of Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, after alt-right protesters descended on the area to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee.

In Philadelphia, another vigil in response to the Charlottesville violence is scheduled to take place Saturday night at city hall at 7 p.m. Let us heal. This is not our story.

Some criticised Mr Trump for his seeming reluctance to specifically blame the white supremacists.

Trump did not acknowledge the fatality in his public remarks on Saturday, a fact that drew criticism from prominent senators of both parties.

The FBI's Richmond field office, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia said they have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the deadly vehicular incident.

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