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Student Activist Plans Vigil in Elizabeth After Deadly Charlottesville Rally

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The vigil in Elizabeth is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Winfield Scott Plaza by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial across from City Hall on Aug. 16. Credits: Rebecca Panico
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Kason Little, 17, plans to organize the vigil on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. across the street from City Hall. Credits: courtesy of Kason Little
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ELIZABETH, NJ - A young, local activist plans to hold a prayer vigil Wednesday in the wake of a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left a woman dead.

Kason Little, 17, plans to hold the vigil at Winfield Scott Plaza by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial across from City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 16. Little founded the Students Of Elizabeth Advisory Committee, a group that encourages students to be active their community.

“This is really scary and my heart just dropped at the moment when I heard about it,” Little said, referring to first hearing about the news coming out of Virginia. 

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On Saturday, white nationalists clashed with counter protestors at a "Unite the Right" rally in the Virginia city. Authorities arrested and charged James Alex Fields Jr., in connection with a car that plowed into a group of counter-protests, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, according to reports.

The rally began in response to the city's plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general. Dozens of others were reportedly injured after protests erupted in Virginia.

"...[M]any people are in critical condition and this beautiful country has once again been targeted to divide one another and spread hate,” a Facebook event page for the vigil in Elizabeth read. “Let us continue to resist and stand up against white supremacy and hate!”

President Donald Trump said he condemned “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” during a press conference on Saturday. 

Several other vigils were held in New Jersey on Sunday in response to the deadly protests, including one in Westfield and another at Brookdale Park in Essex County.

Little expects other community leaders to be present at the vigil on Wednesday. For more information, visit the vigil's event page on Facebook.

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