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16 August, 2017

A man accused of ramming a vehicle into a crowd of activists protesting a white supremacist rally in the U.S. state of Virginia, had long sympathised with the Nazis, his former school teacher said. "You know, we don't, I don't really get too involved, I moved him out to his own apartment, so I'm watching his cat", she said.

On the night before the rally, protesters gathered at the statue with torches before violence erupted between them and counter-protesters.

The army confirmed Fields reported for basic training in August 2015 but was later released "due to a failure to meet training standards".

The driver who allegedly plowed his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville - killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer - had been previously accused of beating his mother and threatening her with a knife, according to authorities.

President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences for the two officers minutes after the crash - but did not make any comment on the death of the 32-year old woman earlier in the day.

Many of country music's biggest stars took to social media to share their anger and concerns after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. turned violent over the weekend.

Fields was arrested shortly after and has been in custody ever since.

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The group on Sunday denied any association with Fields.

Fields brandished symbols of a group called Vanguard America, a white-supremacy group.

"I thought it had something to do with Trump", she told the newspaper, adding that she did not know about the extremist nature of the event.

Her mother, Susan Bro, told MSNBC that her daughter fought against bigotry in many forms, including for her African American and gay friends.

Ms Bloom, who became upset when hearing about what her son was accused of doing, told reporters he did not give her any details about the rally but that she told him "to be careful" and to be peaceful.

Fields is also at the center of a civil-rights investigation.


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