Fields' former high school teacher, Derek Weimer, told CNN that Fields "was very big into Nazism. He really had a fondness for Adolf Hitler."
He traveled to Charlottesville to take part in the Unite the Right rally, which was aimed at protesting the removal of a Confederate monument from the city’s Emancipation Park. The protest garnered the attention of Heather Heyer, who joined counterprotesters Saturday.
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"My daughter was fighting for equal rights, demonstrating against hatred and doing what she thought was right," Mark Heyer told the Post. "She ended up dying to prove it."
Mark Heyer described his daughter to CNN as a compassionate woman with strong convictions.
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"She was always passionate about the beliefs she held," he told the news network. "She had a bigger backbone than I did."
Police arrested Fields on charges including second-degree murder, malicious wounding and hit-and-run. A judge ordered him held without bail Monday until a hearing scheduled for Aug. 25.