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Vigil held for woman killed by car that rammed into protesters at white nationalist rally

Vigil held for woman killed by car that rammed into protesters at white nationalist rally (Photo Courtesy of Jeff Goldberg/ABC7)

Police have identified the 32-year-old woman who was killed after a car ran over her and injured 19 others as they were protesting the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Saturday.

Charlottesville Police identified the woman as Heather Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville. Police say she was transported to UVA Hospital following the crash, where she was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the Dodge Challenger that rammed into the vehicles that hit Heyer and the other protesters was identified as James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio. He was arrested shortly after the crash.

Police say the crash happened at around 4:49 p.m. at Water and 4th Streets Saturday. Two other vehicles were hit by the car which then backed up down the street and fled.

Fields has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run attended failure to stop with injury, according to officials at the Albermarle County Regional Jail. His first court date will be held in Charlottesville Monday morning.

Heyer worked as a paralegal at a law office in Charlottesville.

Larry L. Miller, attorney and president of the Miller Law Group, released the following statement following the announcement of Heyer's death:

"Heather was a great person. She worked with me for 5years and we just recently celebrated that accomplishment. She was very good at her job. She was conscientious, precise and always striving to improve her work. She cared about the clients. She had her opinions and would defend them with vigor. She was a peaceful person. She loved her dog, Violet. She was full of life and her time was cut short and I know that I will miss her. I am in shock. We have lost a colleague, a friend and member of our family. We will all miss her. "

On Sunday evening, a memorial was held for Heyer at the site of the crash in downtown Charlottesville.


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