Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents visit former school of accused Charlottesville attacker

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents visit former school of accused Charlottesville attacker

He was arrested by police after attempting to flee from the scene.

The 32-year-old killed during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., will be buried Wednesday, her family said.

James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old OH man police say deliberately accelerated his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a young woman, appeared in court today for the first time and was denied bail.

Fields' next hearing will take place on August 25, MSNBC reported.

James Alex Fields Jr., of OH, faced a judge via video conference at 10 a.m.

Outside the courthouse, white nationalist Matthew Heimbach barged in on a gathering of reporters and accused them of being "liars" and insisted Fields was "scared for his life" and tried to portray him and the other white supremacists as the victims.

The mayor of Charlottesville, political leaders of all political stripes, and activists and community organisers around the country planned rallies, vigils and education campaigns to combat the hate groups.

"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention" was the last public Facebook post made by Heather Heyer.

In addition to the local charges against Fields, the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice has launched its own federal investigation into Saturday's attack.

Fields was a man who possessed "outlandish, very radical beliefs", and a "fondness" for Adolf Hitler, according to Derek Weimer, who teaches social studies at Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, Kentucky.

Video and witness accounts show that white supremacist militia groups were in Charlottesville too, a clear indication that this rally was meant to incite violence rather than encourage an exchange of ideas.

Weimer said Fields confided that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in his youth and had been prescribed anti-psychotic medication.

Weimer said Fields left school for a while, and when he came back he was quieter about politics until his senior year, when politicians started to declare their candidacy for the 2016 presidential race. Weimer described Fields as a bright but troubled student.

"As a result he was never awarded a military occupational skill nor was he assigned to a unit outside of basic training", Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson said. She merely thought he was attending a rally of some sort, but didn't bother to ask questions. Records show Fields' mother, Samantha Bloom, told police he stood behind her wielding a 12-inch knife.

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