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Charlottesville: What we know now about the aftermath of the rally and protests

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The mother of the man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people in Charlottesville speaks to a newspaper

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Over the weekend, a scheduled rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned violent with three deaths and 35 injuries.

Here is what we know about weekend’s events:

Alt-right rally. The 'Unite the right' rally had been a scheduled event in downtown Charlottesville that was attended mainly by members of alt-right and white supremacist groups, many shouting things such as, "Jew will not replace us" and "Blood and soil," a translation from a Nazi quote "blut und Boden." 

Friday night protests. On Friday night, counter-protesters gathered around a statue of Thomas Jefferson and were surrounded by the members of the rallying groups before a brawl ensued.

Heather Heyer. A 32-year-old woman was struck and killed by James Alex Fields Jr. after his car ran into a crowd of protesters. The car injured 19 others.

James Fields. According to the Toledo Blade, Fields, 20, told his mother, Samantha Bloom, he was planning to attend the rally, but she had thought it was a Trump rally. According to CNN, Fields displayed extreme beliefs backing Nazism and white supremacy. He is being held without bail and will be arraigned today (Read More on Fields).

Two more deaths in a helicopter crash. Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Burke M. M. Bates died in a helicopter crash Saturday near a golf course after flying above protesters and counter-protesters. They had been assisting public safety resources for the ongoing events when an unknown cause made them crash. The incident is under investigation (Read More).

Governor responds. Gov. Terry McAuliffe responded to the right-wing groups involved, saying, "Go home ... You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you." The governor condemned the violence that took place but said he was glad there was no property damage. He said he will take action on future events.

The statue involved. One reason that the rally was held was to protest the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee in the town, believing that it was the removal of heritage and history. The statue has not moved due to court cases on whether it can be moved according to the New York Times.

White House response. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and many senators condemned the actions that happened during the weekend, but Trump received criticism for not specifically condemning white supremacy. Trump is expected to speak more today on the events that took place.