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were identified as the two Virginia state troopers killed when a state police helicopter crashed not far from the scene of the Charlottesville violence.
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H. Jay Cullen and Berke M. Bates, the troops who died in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Berke Bates and H. Jay Cullen were identified as the two Virginia state police officers killed when their helicopter crashed just seven miles from the Charlottesville clashes between white nationalists and counter protesters.
The deaths of the two officers grew the death toll to three in what was already a blood day on August 12 as white nationalists descended on the Virginia city to express their displeasure over a statute of Confederate General Robert E. Lee being planned for removal from downtown.
“Virginia State Police confirmed there were two fatalities on board the helicopter and no one on the ground was hurt, ” The Arkansas Journal reported.
Earlier in the day, a car rammed into a crowd of counter protesters. In addition to the deaths of the troopers and one other identified person, at least 34 people were injured in the car ramming and other violence.
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BREAKING NEWS: #Police #helicopter reportedly crashes near #Charlottesville, casualties feared pic.twitter.com/gcWQysIXp1
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