Over the weekend, violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia when a man named James Alex Fields Jr. from Ohio allegedly smashed a car into a rally, leaving a 32-year-old woman dead and at least 19 other people injured who were protesting a rally started by white supremacists.
So far, here’s what we know about the man, who was said to be emboldened by President Trump.
– According to witnesses, Fields rammed a Dodge Challenger through a crowd of protestors, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a Virginia paralegal who was crossing the street. Heyer was among the hundreds of protesters who had gathered in Charlottesville to denounce the presence of the KKK. Police believe this was a deliberate act.
– Fields is 20 years old and was born in Kenton, Kentucky. He was raised by a single mother and, according to teachers, had always exhibited strange behavior.
– James Fields was briefly on active duty status with the Army from August 18, 2015 to December 11, 2015. There is no known reason why he left so soon.
Fields Jr. He has been charged with second-degree murder and other counts. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
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