Prayer vigil set in Concord following Virginia violence


"We are calling on our friends, our community to join us for a vigil to mourn the death of the young woman who lost her life to the vehicle attack at the Charlottesville counter protests today, and the victims who've been brutally injured by this attack", organisers wrote on its Facebook.

People protesting the decision to remove a Confederate statue from Charlottesville clashed with counterprotesters, who were speaking out against the neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups that were in attendance.

Community members are hoping the candlelight vigil will encourage others to take action to put a stop to hate and violence all across the nation, and in South Jersey, as well. "I had no idea it was going to get to this point". People in the crowd chanted, "when the KKK comes around, there is no middle ground", "they say "Jim Crow", we say 'hell no!', and "black lives matter!"

The vigil comes the day after white nationalists became violent in Charlottesville. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, died from injuries sustained in that attack. After the crowd had dispersed, a 20-year-old Ohian man rammed a group of counterprotesters with his vehicle.

At the vigil Sunday night, signs reading "hate has no home here", "we can change America" and "JC stands with Charlottesville" were displayed.

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"They didn't have to do it", said Inskeep, "it's not their community, as far as immediate community".

"The Monroe County Republican Party is saddened and sickened by the events that transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia, today", the statement reads.

One of the speakers was Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, who said that Heyer gave her life for the fight against hate.

"When I talk about fight back I don't mean hand to hand, I man heart to heart", says Wandalyn Savala from the Planned Parenthood Advocates of IN and Kentucky. "We're Americans, so we all are standing here together".