CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (AP) 4:30 p.m
Officials say the deaths of two people in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Virginia, have been linked to a violent white nationalist rally earlier in the day.
It was not immediately clear how the crash was connected to the rally. Corinne Geller, a Virginia State Police spokeswoman, says the pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash Saturday afternoon.
The crash happened just a few hours after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting against the white nationalist rally. One person was killed and at least two dozen were hurt.
"I spoke to the President this afternoon and we had a conversation. And I told the President that there has got to be a movement in this country to bring people together," said Governor Terry R. Mcauliffe, (D) Virginia.
"The hatred and rhetoric that has gone on and intensified over the last couple months is dividing this great nation. We need to work together. I told the President that twice. We'd be willing to work with you if we can work together to bring people together. But stop the hate speech, stop the rhetoric in this country we have got to bring people together."
The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, says after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, he is taking the steps to remove two Confederate-era statues from the lawn of a former courthouse.
President Donald Trump is blaming "many sides" for the violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Virginia. His remarks have brought reactions from Republicans as well as Democrats.
A Republican senator from Colorado, Cory Gardner, tweeted "Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism."
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch wrote, "We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home."
Trump condemned "this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides."
According to the city government's twitter account, multiple people have been injured after a multi-vehicle crash in downtown Charlottesville.
Hundreds of people faced off in Charlottesville ahead of a white nationalist rally planned in the Virginia city's downtown.
Virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency in response to a white nationalist rally that is expected to draw up to 6,000 people.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe said via his Twitter account on Saturday morning that the declaration was made in order "to aid state response to violence" at the rally in Charlottesville, about 100 miles outside of Washington, D.C.
It's the latest confrontation in the city since it voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.
In a call for peace, President Donald Trump tweeted, "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let's come together."
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
The city's manager also declared a local emergency and police ordered people to disperse from the area around the statue after several violent clashes broke out.