Photos by Ty O’Neil
A vigil held last night in honor of the tragedy this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va. drew hundreds to City Plaza in downtown Reno. Watch a livestream video below.
Religious and civic leaders decried the violence and racism that erupted at the Virginia demonstrations, which became a lightening rod here at home after a University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) student was identified on social media as being at the Friday night rally in Charlottesville.
Some speakers blamed the Trump leadership in the whitehouse for enabling and emboldening white supremacy and white nationalism.
Three are dead in the wake of the the demonstrations in Charlottesville.
UNR President Marc Johnson said that the university has no legal basis to remove the student for participating in the Virginia rally.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor, and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011, where he completed a dissertation on social media, journalism and crisis communications. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time research appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.