San Antonio residents hold vigil for victims of Charlottesville violence

Event organized by several activist groups

SAN ANTONIO - People filled Travis Park on Sunday evening and held a vigil for the victims of this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

One person was killed and 19 were hurt when a speeding car slammed into a throng of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, where a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups took place.

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Heather Heyer, 32, of Virginia, was identified Sunday as one of the victims killed in Saturday's protests. A test woman was also injured in the attack. Natalia Romero, 20, a University of Virginia sophomore, was one of 19 injured

The driver, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, is being held at a Virginia jail charged with second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident, according to CNN. Federal authorities said a civil rights investigation into the deadly crash was opened hours after it happened.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said U.S. Attorney Rick Mountcastle is leading the investigation and has the full support of the Deparment of Justice.

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The event at Travis Park came just 24 hours after hundreds of people turned out to protest a Confederate monument in the park. Two San Antonio City Council members want the monument relocated.


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