"And then a couple moments we heard a auto going incredibly fast down the road and then it plowed into the crowd".
On Saturday, a man identified as James Alex Fields, Jr. allegedly drove through a crowd of people gathered to protest against white supremacists who descended on the town of Charlottesville, Virginia, leaving at least three dead. "Please all-go home to your families. Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth", McAuliffe said at a press conference Saturday.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said it was expecting a range of far-right groups to attend including the National Socialist Movement, the League of the South, as well as "various anti-government, Patriot, militia, Klan, III Percenters and anti-immigration groups".
"Praying for those hurt & killed today in Charlottesville". "My message is clear: we are stronger than you".
President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed "many sides" for the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia and contended that the "hatred and bigotry" broadcast across the country had taken root long before his political ascendancy.
Trump's choice of words - which appeared to many to lay some blame on the counter-protesters to were attacked - came under immediate fire.
When a reporter shouted out a question about whether he wants the supports of white nationalists, the president ignored it. Other demonstrators chanted the Nazi-linked phrase "blood and soil" as they marched.
Anti-racism organisations such as Black Lives Matter held protests at the scene.
The turbulence began Friday night, when the white nationalists carried torches though the university campus in what they billed as a "pro-white" demonstration.
Hours after violence between counter-protesters and white nationalists ensued, President Donald Trump released an official statement on Twitter, writing: "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for".
He said he and Mr McAuliffe "agreed that the hate and the division must stop and must stop right now". Since then, the city has been a focus of white nationalists.
Republican Senator Cory Gardner said on Twitter that "we must call evil by its name".
In related news, the Detroit Red Wings have issued a statement condemning and denying any connection to a Michigan-based group of white supremacists using the Red Wings logo.