Local leaders react to Charlottesville violence

The vigil and march went from the Hyatt Regency to the state capitol.

ATLANTA - Georgia political leaders took to social media throughout Saturday to express their outrage over a protest that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va.

One woman was killed and at least 19 were injured Saturday when a car crashed into a crowd of peaceful protesters leaving a "Unite the Right" rally that officials declared an "unlawful assembly."

Charlottesville Police identified the driver as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio. He is in custody and will be charged with criminal homicide.

Both of Georgia's U.S. senators posted their reactions:

The planned rally had already been shut down following bottle-throwing clashes between alt-right demonstrators, counter-protesters, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and supporters of Black Lives Matter.

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