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    Charlottesville on Edge After Violent Weekend

    Members of the Charlottesville community remained angry that the incident happened in the first place. News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 14, 2017)

    Tensions are still running high in the usually quiet town of Charlottesville, Virginia, after white supremacists and counter-protesters clashed again on Monday.

    A judge ruled James Field Jr., 20, will remain in jail without bond after police said he drove the car that killed Heather Heyer, 32, and injured many others after a white nationalist rally on Saturday.

    Robin Fetter said she is friends with two people who were injured. She said her friends came to Charlottesville from Reston to speak out against racism and to stand with the residents in the town.

    “They were both hit by the car that everybody knows about today,” Fetter said. “Lisa did tell me that she was the one that bounced off the windshield. She broke her hand, and her wrist her right leg was broken.”

    Nineteen people were injured in the car attack that killed Heyer. Members of the Charlottesville community remained angry that the incident happened in the first place.

    “The people who came here for this ‘alt-right’ rally, almost none of them live here,” said Scott Goodman, a Charlottesville resident. “They're from out of town, so people here are resentful that they came here to use our town as a platform.

    The white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups said they'll be back to Charlottesville, because they felt their right to protest was interrupted. If and when they do, the city’s residents in this town said they'll be ready.

    “We're fighters. Every single one of us are fighters,” said Fetter. “I know people who didn't attend the rally that said if they come back, I’m going to be one more person, and I'm going be fighting.”