U.S. Houston vigil held for solidarity with Charlottesville victims

Updated 2017-08-14 15:30:37 Xinhua
People take part in a candle light vigil in downtown San Francisco, the United States, on August 12, 2017. (Xinhua/Xu Yong)

People take part in a candle light vigil in downtown San Francisco, the United States, on August 12, 2017. (Xinhua/Xu Yong)

A few hundred people stood on Sunday evening in front of Houston City Hall to mourn Charlottesville victims of violence.

The vigil was held to show love and support for those who fell victim to the violence earlier in the day in Charlottesville of Virginia, in eastern United States, and to denounce the hatred expressed during the rally near the University of Virginia.

Many carried signs, with a few reading "Houston loves diversity," "love unites" and "Stop racism now."

The organizers handed out red roses and miniature U.S. flags. The crowd was emotional, with many tearing up.

The gathering comes a day after a car plowed into a crowd of counter protesters opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia, leaving one woman killed.

Two troopers were killed after a police helicopter crashed 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Charlottesville.

The Black Lives Matter Houston movement also threw its weight behind gatherings opposing white nationalism.

"We support the efforts of those who are gathering to denounce the white supremacist that are terrorizing the citizens of Charlottesville," the group wrote on Facebook.

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