A candlelight vigil is planned Sunday in downtown San Diego in response to the deadly protests and riot in Charlottesville, Va.
According to Indivisible San Diego’s Facebook page, the “Unity Vigil” is planned for 8 p.m. in front of the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway.
“We’re gathering in front of the County Administration building for a candlelight vigil for the vicitms of Saturday’s deadly terrorist white supremacist attack in Charlottesville, VA,” the post reads. “Please bring a taper candle and paper cup to protect your hand. If you have extras to share they are appreciated.”
According to the post, law enforcement will be present.
Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville was called at 11 a.m. to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a local park.
— mikemckenna (@mikemckenna19) August 12, 2017
Before the protest began, violence broke out at the scene when white nationalist and alt-right groups clashed with counter protesters.
Despite police orders to leave the area, violence escalated. A woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a Dodge Challenger rear-ended a sedan, which then hit a minivan that had slowed to allow counter-protesters to cross at an intersection, police said.
The impact pushed the vehicles into the crowd, police said in a statement.
The Challenger driver fled the scene but was later stopped and identified as James Alex Fields, 20, of Ohio. He was charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run, police said.
The fatal crash victim was identified as 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
As law enforcement officers worked to restore order in the city, a Virgina State Police helicopter crashed killing troopers Lt. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Va. and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates, 40, of Quinton, Va.
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