Vigils held to commemorate the events in Charlottesville

(WRIC) — We’ve learned that ten of the 19 people injured when a car plowed into a crowd in Charlottesville have been released from the hospital.

Saturday’s Unite the Right Rally ended before it began when police in the area ruled it an “unlawful assembly” at around 11:30 a.m.

Violence from the rally spilled into the streets and drove the governor to declare a state of emergency at 11:52 p.m.

At 1:40 p.m., the first of three fatalities happened when a car crashed into a crowd, killing a Charlottesville woman named Heather D. Heyer.

Shortly before 5 p.m., a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed while on a surveillance mission, killing both troopers on board. Both men were from the Richmond area: Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, of Midlothian, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton.

8News’ Parker Slaybaugh traveled to Charlottesville to the site of a memorial dedicated to Heather Heyer Sunday.

He said that people came to the memorial throughout the day to leave flowers and notes and to remember their friend.

Earlier in the day, faith leaders kneeled and led the group in prayers, while also calling on the violence to stop.

Many at the vigil said that the violence that happened Saturday does not represent them and that they just want a return to peace.

“Really devastated, really disappointed that terrorists came and took over,” Leah Larsen, a Charlottesville resident said. “Everyone’s hearts are aching, just really upset that this is still going on even after we fought wars over this.”

Many blamed the violence on people who came to Virginia from out of state.

“I am sure there are some in Charlottesville that are white supremacists, but the majority, especially the leaders, are from out of here and came and disrupted this nice hometown,” Tara Steven said.

Residents said that the nation must come together as one to begin healing.

“Day by day, it’s going to be a day by day thing, and hopefully as of yesterday, some people changed their minds and changed their views for the positive,” Steven said.

Several other vigils were held Sunday throughout Virginia and in Washington D.C. to commemorate the lives of those who died and reflect on what happened in Charlottesville.

The Candlelight Vigil for Heather Heyer that was set to begin at 6 p.m. at the UVA rotunda and continue to Emancipation Park has been rescheduled due to safety concerns and to allow all the family members the opportunity to participate. A makeup date has not yet been set.

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