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Victim and suspect of white supremacist terror attack in Charlotteville have been identified

A woman tragically killed in an attack that transpired in Charlotteville, Virginia on Saturday was 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a paralegal who expressed outrage on Facebook against the racist rally held in her hometown. Her alleged killer, James Alex Fields, 20, was a white supremacist who shared Hitler and Pepe the Frog memes on social media.

Fields has been accused of driving a sports car into a crowd of counterprotesters near the University of Virginia campus. The crash left one dead and 19 injured.

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Speculation as to who was behind the attack ran rampant on Saturday. The alt-right insisted that the killer was a member of Antifa. But after law enforcement identified the suspect as Fields, a resident of Ohio, it became clear that the violence came at the hands of a white supremacist.

Photos from the protest showed unequivocally what side Fields was on Saturday.

The Anti-Defamation League discerned that the shield Field was carrying was from Vanguard American, a neo-Nazi group devoted to a America that exclusively belongs to white men.

According to the New York Daily News, Fields’ Facebook page was littered with alt-right and Nazi imagery, including a photo of baby Hitler and a cartoon of Pepe the Frog. His account was deactivated around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fields’ victim, Heyer, attended the rally Saturday for contradicting reasons.

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” Heyer wrote on Facebook Sunday.

Heyer’s friends told the Daily News that she died fighting for a cause she believed in.

“She died doing what was right,” Felicia Correa, a childhood friend of Heyer’s, said. “My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.”

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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