August 12, 2017
Charlottesville Death Toll Rises To Three; Governor Terry McAuliffe Tells White Nationalists “You Are Not Wanted Here”
Three people have died as a result of today’s violent clashes in Charlottesville, including one killed in what appeared to be an intentional car crash and two state police who died in a helicopter accident.
In a press conference confirming the deaths, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe made the clear, anti-white-nationalist message that President Donald Trump did not. “I have a message to the white supremacists and the nazis who came into Charlottesville today,” McAuliffe said at the televised 6 pm conference. “Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but patriots.”
Two of the deaths were the result of a Virginia State Police helicopter crash in nearby Albemarle County; the third death was a pedestrian killed in what police consider an intentional car crash.
President Donald Trump has tweeted his condolences to the “families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today.” He did not mention the 32-year-old female pedestrian mowed down.
Said McAuliffe to white nationalists during his presser, “You came here today to hurt people. There is no place for you here, there is no place for you in America.”
“So please, go home and never come back,” he said. “Take your hatred and take your bigotry, there is no place.”
At the same press conference, Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer said the bigotry was brought to his city by “outsiders” who “belong on the trash heap of history.”
Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas confirmed the three deaths, noting that none of 35 injuries were attributable to engagement with law enforcement. Nine pedestrians were injured in the car crash, with injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening.
A 32-year-old female pedestrian was killed in the crash; Thomas declined to identify the victim pending family notification.
A male suspect has been arrested in the death, and Thomas said the incident is being treated as a criminal homicide.