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Sherri Watson | 13 August, 2017, 20:09

In San Francisco, people reacting to the events in Charlottesville gathered in Union Square.

Three people were killed and 19 others injured during a white nationalist rally in the USA state of Virginia, turning a day of violent demonstrations into a tragedy, the media reported. The 20-year-old is from Maumee, Ohio, outside of Toledo.

According to the Virginia State Police, three other people have been arrested on charges including disorderly conduct, misdemeanor assault and battery and carrying a concealed handgun.

The Department of Justice has opened a federal civil rights investigation into the violence at Saturday's white nationalist rally and counter-protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead and dozens wounded. "You pretend that you are patriots but you are anything but a patriot", McAuliffe said adding that there was "no place" for the supporters of the far-right views in the United States.

"Shame on you", McAuliffe said at a press conference Saturday.

OH 20-year-old James Fields, who is suspected of driving the vehicle that killed the woman, was arrested and charged with "second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death", Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail superintendent Col Martin Kumer told The Guardian.

President Donald Trump condemned the "violence on many sides" and was criticised for refusing to directly denounce the far-right demonstrators. A group of people were seen holding a sign that said "RACISM is the disease".

Shortly after, a Virginia State Police helicopter that officials said was assisting with the rally crashed outside Charlottesville, killing the pilot and a trooper.

President Donald Trump is blaming "many sides" for the violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Virginia.

"I can't believe we are still protesting Nazi's", said Larisa Roberts. "Trump's not a white supremacist", Bloom told the AP.