In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 photo, James Alex Fields Jr., second from left, holds a black shield in Charlottesville, Va., where a white supremacist rally took place. (Alan Goffinski via AP)
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Fields is charged in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, who died after a car that police say Fields was driving slammed into a crowd of people protesting the nationalist rally Saturday. Fields was arrested shortly afterward and taken into custody.In high school, Fields was an "average" student, but with a keen interest in military history, Hitler and Nazi Germany, said Weimer, who said he was Fields' social studies teacher at Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, Kentucky, in Fields' junior and senior years.Police say Fields drove his silver Dodge Challenger through a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, killing Heyer and wounding 19 other people.Weimer said Fields was a big Trump supporter because of what he believed to be Trump's views on race.Fields was ultimately turned down, which was a big blow, Weimer said. Weimer said he lost contact with Fields after he graduated and was surprised to hear reports that Fields had enlisted in the Army.
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