Atlanta flags at half-staff to honor Charlottesville victims

- Flags on City of Atlanta buildings are flying at half-staff to honor the three people who died in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. 

In a statement, Mayor Kasim Reed denounced what he called the vile racism that was on display in Charlottesville over the weekend. Mayor Reed also said he is considering renaming Atlanta Streets that bear the names of Confederate leaders. 

"I am deeply saddened that hate-based violence took the lives of Heather Heyer and state troopers Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, and seriously injured many others. My thoughts and prayers are with each of these individuals, their families and loved ones," Mayor Reed said. 

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In Charlottesville, a car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods Saturday as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally. The violent day left three dead, dozens injured and the usually quiet college town a bloodied symbol of the nation's roiling racial and political divisions.

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