Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Charlottesville auto crash suspect ID'd as 20-year-old OH man

Charlottesville auto crash suspect ID'd as 20-year-old OH man

A man is facing a murder charge after a auto ploughed into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in Virginia, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring more than a dozen others, on a day full of violent confrontations.

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump weighed in Sunday on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, with an appeal for unity, saying there was "no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis".

"Go home. You are not patriots". He said he was saddened that people were hurt. "The First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans to speak their minds peaceably, but violence, brutality, and murder have no place in a civilized society".

"From his New Jersey Golf Club, President Donald Trump addressed the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists, blaming "many sides" for the events in Charlottesville". Total disaster, ' alt-right figure Richard Spencer said on Twitter.

Video on social media showed a auto at high speed rear-ended another vehicle, then backed up and rammed into pedestrians.

"Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today", tweeted Trump.

On Saturday hundreds of people threw punches and unleashed chemical sprays as part of the violence.

The fast-paced march was made up nearly exclusively of men in their 20s and 30s, though there were some who looked to be in their mid-teens.

McAuliffe had earlier declared a state of emergency while law enforcement officials worked to disperse the protesters in the college town.

By then, a "Unite the Right" rally planned for noon - originally meant to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the city's Emancipation Park - had been cancelled as Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was in Charlottesville and called the demonstration a "turning point". "We are determined to take our country back".

This brings the number of deaths connected to the rally to three.

Charlottesville, home of Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia, has become the latest Southern battleground over the contested removal of Confederate monuments.

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