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A vigil for Charlottesville is happening in Minnesota

Hundreds are expected at Lake Calhoun.
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On Sunday night, Minnesotans will have a chance to stand in solidarity with the victims of this weekend's deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The "Minneapolis-Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil" is happening at sunset (around 8:22 p.m.) on the shores of Lake Calhoun, according to a Facebook page set up by the organizers

It aims to "honor the lives lost and those injured resisting the open hatred of white supremacy" in Charlottesville, where a gray Dodge Challenger smashed into a crowd of people counter-protesting a white nationalist rally on Saturday. 

One person was killed in the attack, and another 19 were injured. 

The woman who died has been identified as Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old local paralegal who was described to the New York Times as "a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised."

Despite the political ripple effects of the killing, the people behind the Minneapolis vigil, who identify themselves as "a group of private citizens with no particular affiliation," indicate that political grandstanding will not be allowed at Sunday night's event. 

There will be "no organized chanting of slogans," their announcement says, and no "fiery speeches" – only a "brief program" of speakers. 

The plan is to carry lights (such as camping lanterns and LEDs) in a walk around the lake, to "symbolically" carry "our lights of hope, healing, and justice into the world."

As of this writing, nearly 800 Facebook users have indicated they'll be going to the vigil.

The location of the demonstration has been moved to the "ballfield in the NW corner of the lake" (because it is "close to transit") due to "the number of attendees and the interest in this event," an update says. 

Meanwhile, a vigil in Charlottesville also planned for Sunday night had to be moved online because of a "credible threat."

Other reactions from Minnesota 

Minnesota Republicans are among the GOP lawmakers who have made headlines for emphatically condemning the "hate, racism & violence" of the Charlottesville incident – following criticism against President Trump for initially failing to do the same.

3rd District Rep. Erik Paulsen referred to the attacks as "domestic terrorism," while 6th District Rep. Tom Emmer and 2nd District Rep. Jason Lewis tweeted similar remarks, with Lewis saying there's "no room for hate in US political discourse."

However, the White House has issued a clarification of the president's earlier statements, saying he "condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred," including that spread by "white Supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi and all extremist groups."

Click here to see more reactions from Minnesota lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. 

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