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Violence, Fury And Flames: Charlottesville Timeline


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Here's a timeline of the violence as it unfolded at a Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist rally that resulted in three deaths.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Violence erupted as white nationalists took to the streets of Charlottesville to protest the removal of removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee Saturday, but the deadly encounter began brewing the night before. Three people were killed in events related to the "Unite the Right" rally, including a counter-protester and two Virginia State Police troopers.

On Friday night, white nationalists marched with torches, and police kept the group and counter-protesters at bay. But chaos followed the next day as the two groups clashed in Emancipation Park to the point where officials declared an unlawful assembly and state of emergency.

A woman was killed and dozens others were injured when a car plowed into a group of people believe to be counter-protesters. Police have arrested and charged 20-year-old Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, in relation to the fatal crash.

A few hours later, a state police helicopter that had helped monitor Saturday's events crashed in a wooded area, killing both troopers who were aboard the chopper. They were identified as Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Va., and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, Va. Both troopers died at the scene.

Read more: https://patch.com/virginia/kingstowne/violence-fury-flames-charlottesville-timeline

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