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Tens of thousands raised for Charlottesville victim

Tens of thousands raised for Charlottesville victim
From Al Jazeera - August 13, 2017

A fundraising campaign for the family of a woman killed in a car-ramming attack in the US town of Charlottesville has raised tens of thousands of dollars.

Heather Heyer died on Saturday when a man drove a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally taking place in the small town located in the US state of Virginia.

The suspect, James Alex Fields Jr, 20, a resident of the state of Ohio, was arrested shortly after the incident and is in custody.

On his Facebook page, Fields posted images associated with the Alt-Right, such as the Pepe the Frog meme, and a photo of Adolf Hitler as a baby.

Images shared on Twitter also showed him attending a rally by the far-right Vanguard America group, which later denied Fields was a member.

I think we know what side James Alex Fields Jr is on pic.twitter.com/IQeR4sVApl

GandUlf Samuelsson (@LorenzoMeow) August 13, 2017

Police have charged him with one count of second degree murder and three counts of malicious wounding.

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The FBI has also announced its own investigation into the incident.

Several others were wounded with severity ranging from life threatening to minor injuries, according to officials.

Heyer was named on social media and a GoFundMe page set up by a school friend had picked up more than $28,000 in donations at the time of publication.

Please help aid the family of Heather Heyer who was martyred today courageously standing up to hate. https://t.co/ZHH4XNcm2R

DSA(@DemSocialists) August 13, 2017

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