DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — People came together in downtown Dayton on Sunday night, holding a vigil for victims of the Charlottesville car attack.
Dayton Anti-Racist Action organized the rally. According to the group’s Facebook page, the purpose of the rally was to show solidarity with the leftist anti-racist and anti-facist groups in Charlottesville.
They also asked for donations to the victims and their families.
On Facebook, they acknowledge that not everyone agrees with their message but still invited anyone who wanted to come to the rally to attend.
Some people at the rally said they were shocked by the news of the car attack.
“I was quite sickened by what I saw and what happened and the reason I’m here today with friends is to give support to the people in Charlottesville and just to let everyone know that those of us here at the Dayton area are upset,” Cindy Olsen from Yellow Springs said.
Others at the rally supported the spirit of the event, but felt it could’ve gone even further to show solidarity.
“I think it was put together very quickly and it wasn’t put together totally thinking of the totality of what we saw in Charlottesville from my point of view,” Kathrine Roma said. “Race has to kind of be in our consciousness all the time and I think that was missing.”
2 News attempted to speak with organizers of the event, but they declined to speak.
One person was killed and 19 others were hurt when 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. from Maumee, Ohio slammed his car into a group of protestors on Saturday. The group was protesting a white nationalist rally held to protest the City of Charlottesville’s decision to remove a confederate monument.
32-year-old Heather Heyer died in the attack. Two Virginia State Policemen also died when their helicopter crashed outside Charlottesville. Authorities say the white nationalist rally was the largest held in the U.S. in a decade.