Police have identified the white supremacist terrorist who plowed his car into a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, killing at least one woman.
Police arrested 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. of Ohio on murder charges Saturday. He is also charged with three counts of malicious wounding and hit and run.
— Charlottesville City (@CvilleCityHall) August 13, 2017
Fields plowed his car into a group of counter-protesters demonstrating against the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally.
The crash killed one woman, identified as 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and injured 19 others.
Fields’ mother told the Associated Press that her son traveled to Charlottesville for what she believed was a pro-Trump rally.
“I thought it had something to do with Trump. Trump’s not a white supremacist,” she told the AP.
“He had an African-American friend so …,” she said, trailing off.
An image circulated by the Anti-Defamation League shows Fields holding a shield with members of Vanguard America, a white nationalist group that was among those that organized the rally.
— Oren Segal (@orensegal) August 13, 2017
The group denies that Fields was a member.
An official statement regarding today's incidents and the individual in question. pic.twitter.com/wBaERomHEZ
— Vanguard America (@VanguardAm) August 13, 2017
Buzzfeed News reports that Fields’ Facebook page is filled with “memes embraced by the alt right and some supporters of President Donald Trump, including Pepe the Frog and a portrait of a crowned Trump sitting on a throne.”
James Alex Fields' FB had this image of Trump on a throne. This movement has blood on its hands. 45 refuses to stop it from getting worse. pic.twitter.com/XUTZ6LvJoU
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 13, 2017
— Cyndl (@cmtwx) August 13, 2017
“Other posts contain more overt references to Nazism and white supremacy, including a cover photo of soldiers with an American flag and swastikas, and a baby portrait of Adolf Hitler,” Buzzfeed reports.
— WorldOnAlert (@worldonalert) August 13, 2017