On Wednesday evening, hundreds of people gathered on the University of Virginia campus for a candlelight vigil against hate and violence days after Charlottesville erupted in chaos during a white nationalist rally.
The gathering was a stark contrast to the hundreds of torch-carrying white nationalists who marched on the same campus Friday – many of whom had chanted or carried signs bearing Nazi, or racist slogans. That was followed Saturday by clashes between rally attendees and those protesting them in the city’s streets.
Video feeds show the group moving slowly through campus Wednesday night before singing several spirituals and observing a moment of silence for the three lives lost during Saturday’s violence.
AP Video of Charlottesville vigil
A memorial had been held earlier in the day for 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was mowed down by a car as she protested the rally. Two Virginia state troopers also died in the crash of their helicopter, which was monitoring the rally.
Heyer was among the hundreds of protesters who had gathered Saturday in Charlottesville to decry what was believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a decade — including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members.
Story by the Associated Press.