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Mom of Charlottesville suspect: ‘I thought [rally] had something to do with Trump’

First responders tended to the injured after a car drove into a crowd in Charlottesville, Va.

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First responders tended to the injured after a car drove into a crowd in Charlottesville, Va.

A woman who identified herself as the mother of the man accused of driving his car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Va., says he told her he was going to the rally.

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in a death.

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Samantha Bloom of Maumee, Ohio, confirmed details about her son’s car and his trip to Virginia, saying she received a text from him last week that said he’d gotten some time off from work and was going to a rally.

She said her son hadn’t given her any details about the rally, but that she told him “to be careful” and to be peaceful.

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“I thought [the rally] had something to do with Trump. Trump’s not a white supremacist,” said Bloom, who became visibly upset as she learned of the injuries and deaths at the rally.

“He had an African-American friend so . . . ” she said of her son, before her voice trailed off. She added that she’d be surprised if her son’s views were that far right.

Bloom said she and her son just relocated to Maumee from Florence, Ky., a Cincinnati suburb.

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