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Rally Held In Westchester To Show Support For Charlottesville Victims

A vigil was held Saturday in Westchester.
A vigil was held Saturday in Westchester. Photo Credit: Contributed

A rally in the Hudson Valley on Sunday was among hundreds either held or being planned across the country in a demonstration of solidarity with the victims of the fatal White Nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.

The area vigil was held on Route 9 along the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow border starting at noon. More than 150 attended.

"We stand in solidarity with Charlottesville," a Facebook post read.

Those who attended held signs along Broadway. Among them: "The Whole World Is Watching" and "Alt Right Is Wrong."

The outrage over the Charlottesville protest has united even political rivals.

"I stand united with the many voices who call this out for what it is – racism, hate, ignorance and bigotry," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Cuomo's opponent in the 2014 gubernatorial race, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said, "White supremacism has no place America. We stand together against virulent hatred and political violence."

The chaos in Charlottesville erupted Saturday when what is believed to be the largest group of white supremacists to gather in a decade descended on downtown Charlottesville to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Hundreds of others then arrived to protest the racism.

The event turned deadly after a car plowed into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency.

A Virginia state trooper and a pilot died in the crash of a police helicopter that was monitoring the event.

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