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Three Confirmed Dead in Virginia after Violent Clashes during White Supremacist Rally
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13 Aug 2017 12:27 PM EST

-by Drew Kolar, Editor; Image: Heather Heyer, lone victim of an attack on counter-protesters during Saturday's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. (Image Source: Facebook via NY Daily News)

Three people were confirmed dead on Saturday night after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent.

According to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, of the victims died after a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters. The other two victims were Virginia State Police Department officers who were involved in a helicopter crash that occurred a few miles outside of Charlottesville. The cause of the crash has not been confirmed.

According to The Hill, Virginia State Police said that the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near a home around 5 p.m. and is being investigated. It is not clear if it was related to the protests.

Also on Saturday, a car plowed through a group of counter-protesters in the afternoon. The driver killed one person and injured 19 others. He has since been identified as James Alex Fields, 20, of Ohio, The Washington Post reports.

According to the Post report, "Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent Martin Kumer told The Post that a man with the same name and age was booked Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run. Kumer said Fields is being held without bail."

Video posted on social media shows a car crashing into the crowd. Another vehicle is then seen ramming its rear bumper before backing out. In other photos and videos from the incident, people were being treated for injuries.

Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal with the Miller Law Group, was the lone victim of the attack on the peaceful, according to the New York Daily NewsCharlottesville Police Chief Alfred Thomas Jr. noted that Heyer was killed while crossing the street. She was among 20 people struck by Fields.

These incidents came as Gov. McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the city when the clashes between counter-protesters and white supremacists became violent.

Initially, white supremacist, "white nationalist," and "alt-right" groups were scheduled to meet in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park Saturday for a "Unite the Right" rally in response to the city's decision to remove a Confederate statue. But as violence began to break out, police declared it an unlawful assembly and broke it up early.

A similar demonstration was brought to the University of Virginia on Friday night, when a mob of white supremacists holding tiki torches marched through the UVA campus, spouting phrases such as, "White lives matter, you will not replace us."

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