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Vigils planned in northern Michigan to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville

Charlottesville resident Elliot Harding lights a candle as he places flowers and a stuffed animal at a makeshift memorial for the victims after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally earlier in the day in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU)-- A places throughout northern Michigan are participating in the nationwide "Stand in Solidarity" with Charlottesville vigil.

"Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone Standing Up Against Racism and white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia. We are saddened by the loss of life and injuries to those brave enough to stand up against the cowardly racist terrorists," the event in Traverse City states.

Here is a list of vigils scheduled in northern Michigan:

Frankfort

Sunday at 7 p.m. at Mineral Springs Park in Frankfort

Petoskey

Sunday at 8 p.m. at the break wall beach area at the Petoskey Waterfront.

Manistee

Sunday at 7 p.m. at the corner of River St. and US 31 in Manistee

Mount Pleasant

Sunday at 7 p.m. at UU Fellowship of Central MI in Mount Pleasant

Sault Ste. Marie

Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Farmers Market area in Sault Ste Marie

Traverse City

Sunday from 8 to 9 p.m. on the steps of the historic courthouse in Traverse City.

Organizers of the vigils ask that you please bring a candle or small light.

To see if there is a vigil planned near you, click here.

On Saturday, a white supremacist rally turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia. A woman was killed after a car ran over her and injured 19 others as they were protesting the white nationalist rally.

Charlottesville Police identified the woman who was killed as Heather Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville. Police say she was taken to UVA Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The driver, later identified as James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, is now in police custody.


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