13 August, 2017
Police are investigating a fatal auto crash that took place this afternoon at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville as a homicide and have charged a suspect with second-degree murder in the killing.
The suspect in connection with the crash has been identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail.
Fields, 20, from OH, is facing charges of second-degree murder, malicious woundings and failure to stop at the scene of an accident that resulted in a death.
A 32-year-old woman was killed in the attack, Charlottesville police said. Her identity has not been released to the public yet because her next of kin have not yet been notified.
Police said only that the crash is under investigation and have not commented on specific aspects of the crash. There were 15 other reported injuries at the rally unrelated to the crash.
Charlottesville has become a flashpoint for white nationalists following a City Council vote in February to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park formerly called Lee Park.
Police said the helicopter was helping law enforcement officers monitor the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.