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Man from Gainesville among 3 arrested at deadly 'Unite the Right' rally

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People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

Virginia State Police say a man from Florida is among three people arrested in connection with the white nationalist rally that took a deadly turn in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Police arrested 44-year-old James M. O'Brien of Gainesville; 21-year-old Jacob L. Smith of Louisa, Virginia; and 21-year-old Troy Dunigan of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

O'Brien is facing a charge of carrying a concealed handgun. Smith faces a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery. Dunigan is facing a charge of disorderly conduct.

Police said these arrests are related to the rally and unrest after a declaration of an unlawful assembly.

The event took a turn for the worst Saturday afternoon. Police said 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, drove through the crowd of people who gathered to protest the white nationalist rally, killing one person.

Video shows a car hitting the group of people then speeding backward down the street.

Fields is being held on a charges of suspicion of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count related to leaving the scene. He's due in court Monday for a bond hearing, according to the Associated Press.

The Department of Justice says it is opening a civil rights investigation into the fatal collision.

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