Five days after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent and resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, thousands of citizens gathered on the University of Virginia campus for a peaceful candelight vigil Wednesday night (Aug. 16) against hate and violence. The marchers moved along the same route that torch-carrying neo-Nazis and KKK sympathizers walked last Friday (Aug. 11), according to CBS News.
In an effort to avoid being disrupted, the organizers, which included students and faculty, spread word about Wednesday night's gathering through text, phone calls and private Facebook messages and no members of the white nationalist group behind last weekend's violence were in evidence during the event. "What happened on Friday night was a tragedy and we're here to take back the lawn for this student generation, all the previous, all the future generations of students who walked the Lawn," march attendee Jerry Connor told a CBS affiliate. "The Lawn stands for liberty, equality, justice and freedom."