MU officials react to Charlottesville tragedy
COLUMBIA - University of Missouri officials responded Tuesday to the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend.
"We are saddened and angered by the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend," a statement signed by University leaders said.
White nationalists descended on the town to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. Counterprotesters were also present and soon tensions boiled over.
Police said one of the white nationalists, James Alex Fields Jr.,drove his car through a crowd of counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
Two state troopers were also killed when their helicopter crashed while they were keeping watch on the demonstrations
The MU statement said, "As leaders in higher education, we share a common bond with the University of Virginia community. The University of Missouri condemns all acts of violence and racism, including those associated with ideologies of hate such as white supremacy and anti-Semitism."
University of Missouri President Mun Choi also sent a statement to faculty and students Tuesday as well condemning the events.
"We stand in solidarity with our colleagues at the University of Virginia in condemning all acts of violence, hatred and racism, Choi said. "There is no place on our campuses, in our communities and in society for vitriolic and hate-filled ideologies such as white supremacy and anti-Semitism. At the University of Missouri System, we are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment where each individual is valued and appreciated."