Hundreds Peacefully Gather for Impromptu Candlelight Vigil at University of Virginia

Hundreds Peacefully Gather for Impromptu Candlelight Vigil at University of Virginia

Hundreds Peacefully Gather for Impromptu Candlelight Vigil at University of Virginia

Thousands of people gathered at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil following this weekend's deadly white-power rally.

During the "Unite the Right" rally on Saturday, held by white supremacists and neo-Nazis to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, a auto driven by James Fields Jr. plowed into counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring many others.

Along the way participants sang "We Shall Overcome", "This Little Light of Mine", and "The Good Old Song", a UVA song set to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne".

People left their candles by the Thomas Jefferson statue outside the Rotunda as they left. The next day, a wider protest by these hate mongering groups led to chaos, injury and the death of one woman, Heather Heyer.

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Speaking at a service Wednesday afternoon, Heyer's mother told a crowd, " They tried to kill my child to shut her up.

"You never think that something is going to happen to your city and you never think your city is going to become a hashtag, that people are talking about and then you see it all over the place.and its super scary and you just want to take your city back so that's what we're doing", attendee Audrey Miller said.

Staton is also part of Beaufort County Indivisible, a non-partisan group affiliated with the nationwide Indivisible movement that has called for vigils around the country in the aftermath of the Charlottesville white supremacist march and terrorist attack. About 2,000 protesters marched from the Congregation Rodeph Shalom Synagogue and down Broad Street, CBS Philadelphia reports.

Several people with the AFA dressed for the event in all black to avoid being doxxed: when private or identifiable information about an individual or organization is made public, often with malicious intent.

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