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(CHARLOTESVILLE) — Dozens of vigils and demonstrations were held across the country Sunday a day after a woman was killed at an anti-fascist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The vigils honored the life of Heather Heyer, who died when a man drove his car into a group of counter protesters on Saturday afternoon, with some calling for action against hate groups.

“Really devastated, really disappointed that terrorists came and took over,” Leah Larsen, a Charlottesville resident told ABC affiliate WRIC on Saunday. “Everyone’s hearts are aching, just really upset that this is still going on even after we fought wars over this.”

Heyer was part of the group that assembled to denounce the “Unite the Right” rally held by far-right groups on Saturday. A melee broke out between the two sides followed by the car-ramming that killed Heyer and injured 19 others.

Police arrested James Alex Fields, 20, and charged him with second-degree murder in the incident.

A vigil was also held in Charlottesville at the location where Heyer was killed, and in a number of other U.S. cities.

Most of the rallies were peaceful, though in Seattle protesters clashed with a previously planned pro-Donald Trump rally. Police dispersed the rally with pepper spray and blast balls after fireworks were thrown at officers, according to the Associated Press. ABC affiliate KOMO in Seattle reported three protesters were arrested.

Here’s a look at a few of of Sunday’s gatherings:

SEATTLE

Seattle police disperse Antifa marchers with spray and flash bangs pic.twitter.com/dJ3WUhuVAI

— Katherine Cleland (@kcleland) August 13, 2017

 
NEW YORK

South Brooklyn is ready to go #charlottsville pic.twitter.com/PmR5JDli1Z

— Dorsey (@dorseyshaw) August 13, 2017

MIAMI

Singing “We shall overcome” at Miami candlelight vigil in solidarity with Charlottesville #standwithCharlottesville pic.twitter.com/HyyRQ55dpM

— United for Unity (@unitedforunity) August 14, 2017

 

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