Man hit by car in Charlottesville wants answers: 'Who's accountable for Heather's life?'

Vigil held for woman killed by car that rammed into protesters at white nationalist rally (Photo Courtesy of Jeff Goldberg/ABC7)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Sunday night, hundreds gathered for a vigil to memorialize the lives lost during the violence in Charlottesville.

Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of the Virginia State Police and Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer all died Saturday after the "Unite the Right" rally drew hundreds to Charlottesville and left over 30 people injured.

"It's like everywhere there's a tragedy and you just think it can't happen here," said Kim Wimberly, a resident of Charlottesville.

A car slammed into a group of counter protesters, killing Heyer and injuring many others.

"My leg's broke, I can't work at all because you made the decision to let them come," said Marcus Martin, who was hit by the vehicle that plowed through the counter-protesters. "And for the person who approved it, that's my only question are you going to be held accountable for Heathers life?"

A photo of Martin being hit has now gone viral.

Despite the violence, Charlottesville is coming together.

"If anyone feels that this was in any way Gods work then I think they need to return to their scripture or what ever their faith tradition is because there are lessons they have not learned," said Robert Lewis with United Methodist Church in Charlottesville.

"A girl laid here and lost her life yesterday, and you are still allowing them to be here," Martin added.

Rallies and vigils across the country Sunday aimed to "Stand in Solidarity" with Charlottesville, Virginia in the wake of Saturday's violent protests.

James Alex Fields, 20, is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and could face more charges depending on the outcome of a federal investigation.

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