Hundreds gather for Pittsburgh solidarity vigil against Charlottesville violence

Oakland’s Schenley Plaza filled with waving red flags and determined speakers as some 700 Pittsburghers showed up for an impromptu rally and candlelight vigil in response to violence this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

The vigil was held to remember Heather Heyer, who died when a man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters gathered to oppose a white supremacist rally. Hate groups, including white nationalists and neo-Nazis, gathered in the Virginia college town to protest the removal of Confederate statues, including one of Gen. Robert E. Lee.