Candlelight vigil in Gainesville for victims of Charlottesville violence

Lester Mason
August 14, 2017

Three people were killed Saturday and dozens were injured as white nationalists protested the city's decision to remove a Confederate monument.

Galen thought the Columbia community should do something to show support for the people in Charlottesville, so she made a decision to organize the vigil. She attended the vigil with her mom, Nancy, who lives in St. Louis. "We have to continue to fight", Peters said.

"People should speak up, white people especially, because of the white privileges", Kassabaum said.

Boyd Kramer says the candlelight vigil was planned in a short amount of time with organizations that haven't worked together before.

"There are more people who believe in goodness".

"I wanted the people of Charlottesville to see that while they're in their homes scared from domestic terrorists that there are people out here in solidarity and that's heart warming", Green said.


"The best thing people can do is to speak out", Canterbury said. People who attended brought flowers for the victims in Charlottesville.

Heyer died when a vehicle plowed into a group of people at the protests on Saturday.

Organizers say the goal is to send a message of peace.

20, of Maumee, Ohio, is accused of running his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring at least 19 others.

The driver of the auto, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr.is in police custody and has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in a death, according to Charlottesville police. "We betray all of our neighbors if we do not take a stand".

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