After one person killed at white nationalist rally in Virginia, Trump blames ‘many sides’

At least one person was killed after a car sped into a crowd of people who were protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, an event marred by brawls that ended with the governor declaring a state of emergency.

“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here,” Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a tweet. “I urge all people of good will — go home.”

At least 19 others were reported injured in the car crash. The Associated Press reported the driver was in police custody. A vehicle hit a group of protesters Saturday afternoon as many rally participants and anti-racism protesters were leaving the area.

Footage from separate witnesses showed a gray sports car with Ohio license plates speeding toward a crowd from at least a block away and then slamming into the back of two vehicles that were surrounded by people, sending bodies flying.

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UPDATES:

1:25 p.m.: This article was updated to reflect 19 people injured and include President Trump’s remarks on the day’s events in Charlottesville.

12:45 p.m.: This article was updated with the death of one protester, who was struck by a vehicle.

11:45 a.m.: This article was updated with new details, including a vehicle striking several people.

10:55 a.m.: This article was updated with new details, including a tweet from President Trump denouncing the violence.

9:30 a.m.: This article was updated throughout with Times staff reporting.

This article was originally published at 9 a.m.

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