Charlottesville rally: Moment mother of suspect learns son is charged with murder after violence erupts at anti-racism protest

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This is the moment the mother of an alleged white nationalist learnt her son reportedly ploughed into a crowd of protesters amid violence at a rally in Virginia in which three people died.

James Alex Fields, Jr. has been charged with murder and three counts of wounding following the clashes which left dozens of people injured.

Anti-fascist demonstrator Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when the car rammed into the crowd.

A pilot and trooper,  Berke M.M. Bates, left, and Lt. H. Jay Cullen, were also killed when a Virginia State police helicopter crashed above the clashes.

Footage has emerged of the moment US news crews told Mr Fields’ mum Samantha Bloom about the charges against her son.

Tributes to Heather Heyer who was killed during the demo (Getty Images)

When asked if she had any idea if she “had been notified at all”, Ms Bloom replies “no”.

Sitting on the floor of a car garage, she admits she “knew he was going to a rally” but added that she “tries to stay out of his political views.”

Ms Bloom told the reporter: “I don’t really get too involved.”

One woman was killed during a far-right protest in Charlottesville (Reuters)

Plans to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee sparked a huge demo buy white nationalists from across the United States.

That gathering sparked a counter-demonstration by others protesting against racism.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared an emergency and police in riot gear were brought into to disperse crowds.  

Charged: James Alex Fields, Jr., allegedly ploughed a car into a crowds (AFP/Getty Images)

Matt Korbon, 22, a University of Virginia student, said several hundred counter-protesters were marching when “suddenly there was just this tyre screeching sound”.

A silver Dodge Challenger is believed to have smashed into another car, before reversing and driving through “a sea of people”.

Killed: Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, left, and Lt. H. Jay Cullen (AP)

The impact allegedly hurled people into the air and those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety.

Police later said they suspect the driver was Fields, 20, of Ohio. 

He has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene. 

A bail hearing was due to take place on Monday.

US president Donald Trump condemned “in the strongest possible terms” what he called an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” after the clashes and called for “a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives”.


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