A 20-year-old Ohio man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12killing one person and leaving 19 injuredreportedly had long sympathized with Nazi views and had stood with a group of white supremacists hours before the crash, The Washington Post stated.
The woman he killed, Heather Heyer, was a 32-year-old paralegal from a nearby town. Her mother, Susan Bro, told MSNBC that her daughter fought against bigotry in many forms, including for her African American and gay friends.
James Alex Fields Jr., the man who allegedly drove his car into protesters, held extremist ideals at least since high school, according to history teacher Derek Weimer, who said he taught Fields during his junior and senior years at Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, Kentucky. Weimer added that he attempted to steer Fields away from his pro-Nazi views.
Fields was charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and another count related to the hit-and-run, authorities said. He was scheduled for arraignment Aug. 14.
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