Unity vigil planned in Lansing following deadly Va. protests

Posted at 10:23 AM, Aug 13, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - A unity vigil is planned in at the state Capitol following the weekend's violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va.

The vigil will be held at 6 p.m Sunday August, 13 outside the Capitol in downtown Lansing. It's being organized by the group "Solitary & Defense."

A post on the group's Facebook page reads, "our hearts and thoughts are with everyone in Charlottesville standing up against white supremacy and fascism. We are saddened by the loss of life and injuries to those brave enough to stand up against the racists. We must build the capacity to defend our friends and families from this terrorism."

Three people killed and dozens were injured amid what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade to protest the city's decision to remove a Confederate monument. An Ohio man is facing murder charges after he plowed his car through a crowd of protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman. Two state troopers were killed as they were monitoring the protest in a police helicopter that crashed into the woods.

Three more men have been arrested in connection to the violent clashes. They're facing a range of charges including disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and carrying a concealed handgun.