'Everyone's hearts are aching': Cities hold vigils in wake of Charlottesville violence
Heather Heyer was remembered after her tragic death on Saturday.
August 14, 2017, 9:10 AM
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-- Dozens of vigils and demonstrations were held across the country Sunday a day after a woman was killed at an anti-fascist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The vigils honored the life of Heather Heyer, who died when a man drove his car into a group of counter protesters on Saturday afternoon, and some for action against hate groups.
"Really devastated, really disappointed that terrorists came and took over," Leah Larsen, a Charlottesville resident told ABC affiliate WRIC on Saunday. "Everyone’s hearts are aching, just really upset that this is still going on even after we fought wars over this."
Heyer was part of the group that assembled to denounce the "Unite the Right" rally held by far-right groups on Saturday. A melee broke out between the two sides followed by the car-ramming that killed Heyer and injured 19 others.
Police arrested James Alex Fields, 20, and charged him with second-degree murder in the incident.
A vigil was also held in Charlottesville at the location where Heyer was killed, and in a number of other U.S. cities.
Most of the rallies were peaceful, though in Seattle protesters clashed with a previously planned pro-Donald Trump rally. Police dispersed the rally with pepper spray and blast balls after fireworks were thrown at officers, according to the Associated Press. ABC affiliate KOMO in Seattle reported three protesters were arrested.