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Update: Authorities say James Alex Fields, Jr. is the suspect in connection to Saturday's fatal car crash in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The crash left one person dead, and several other people were hurt.

Authorities say Fields is an Ohio man, and he's 20 years old.

Fields is a registered Republican, and he was cited for second-degree murder and several other crimes.

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Virginia state police said one of their agency's helicopters crashed Saturday outside Charlottesville, killing two troopers.

Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitoring the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

Police said Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and c of Quinton were killed in the crash.

The crash happened just a few hours after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting against the white nationalist rally. One person was killed and at least two dozen were hurt.

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UPDATE: Officials: White nationalist clashes in Virginia linked to deaths of 2 people aboard crashed helicopter.

Police say a helicopter has crashed near Charlottesville, Virginia, where violent clashes erupted at the site of a white nationalist rally.

However, it was unclear if the crash may have been linked to the rally.

Virginia State Police said Saturday that the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near a home.

No one on the ground was injured. Police said they are investigating the cause of the crash.

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Police say a helicopter pilot crashed near Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 2; unclear if any link to white nationalist rally.

A state official says the driver of car that plowed into group of protesters in Charlottesville is in custody.

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President Trump condemns `this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides' in Virginia.

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Virginia governor declares state of emergency in response to white nationalist rally.

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Hundreds of people are facing off in Charlottesville ahead of a white nationalist rally planned in the Virginia city's downtown.
   Rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning.
   Men dressed in militia uniforms were carrying shields and openly carrying long guns.
   Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler says he planned what he calls a "pro-white" rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park. Thousands of people are expected to pack the area.
   There were also fights Friday night, when hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus carrying torches.
   A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.

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