What started as a white supremacy gathering to protest the town removing a Confederate statue quickly turned violent as the supremacists and counter-protestors clashed in the Virginia town. A few hours after the attack, two Virginia State Police Department officers were killed in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville. Two people on board - pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates - died at the scene.
Late Saturday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that federal authorities will pursue a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said the driver, a man, was arrested. The president also ignored a question from a reporter as to what he would say to white supremacists who voiced support for him during the rally. "Berke was devoted to our entire family as part of our Executive Protection Unit team for the past three years".
In response to the violence, the Bucks County, Pennsylvania group Rise Up Doylestown organized a candlelight vigil set to take place on State and Main streets in Doylestown at 7 p.m. with the goal of taking a "stand against the white supremacy, violence and hatred taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend by white supremacist Neo Nazis". "You're all among the best this nation produces", Trump tweeted.
Before the Saturday rally, hundreds of white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night, waving torches and chanting "White lives matter", "You will not replace us", "Jews will not replace us" and so on.
At least one was killed and 19 injured during the vehicle crash shortly after the police dispersed the "Unite the Right" rally in the downtown. More protesters gathered to rally against the right-wing demonstrators.
"You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot", said McAuliffe, who was flanked by Charlottesville's mayor and police chief.