FBI opens an investigation into deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia

The death toll from the violent white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday has risen to three after officials said the helicopter crash that killed two was linked to the protests.

Virginia State Police confirmed in a Facebook post that a helicopter had went down around 5 p.m. in a wooded area just outside of Charlottesville.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had said during a press conference about the rally that there were three deaths in Charlottesville that day, but it was unclear at the time whether the helicopter crash was connected to the rally.

The two fatalities are in addition to the earlier confirmed death of a 32-year-old woman who was killed during the rally by a car that drove into pedestrians. The name of the woman has not been released yet out of respect for her family.

The driver of the car has been identified by police as James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, from Ohio. Fields has been charged with charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene. A bond hearing is scheduled for Monday.

The Richmond FBI Office is opening a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack.

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