• Perla Tiburcio

One killed, 19 injured by attack during Charlottesville protests

On the afternoon of Saturday, August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalists and other protesters gathered in response to the proposed removal of the Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee.

During the rally, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd, killing Heather D. Heyes, 32, and injuring 19 others.

Fields was spotted earlier holding symbols of Vanguard America, which is a white supremacist group; however the group has since said that Fields was not a part of their organization, according to the Washington Post.

Jeff Sessions, Attorney General , declared the accident as a form of domestic terrorism. Sessions stated, “The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike the heart of American law and justice.”

Fields is charged with second-degree murder and malicious wounding. He was given a local defense attorney named Charles Weber and is still held in custody for the accident.