The University of Nevada, Reno is dealing with the fallout after photographs surfaced of a UNR student attending a white nationalist rally Friday night in Charlottesville, Virginia.
UNR student Peter Cvjetanovic on Sunday confirmed to News 4-Fox 11 that he did attend the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, as seen in photos captured Friday, Aug. 11.
On Saturday, Aug. 12, the rally took a deadly turn when a car rammed into a crowd of protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman, and a state helicopter crashed into the woods, killing two state troopers.
The University of Nevada, Reno, which took heat on social media after photos circulated of Cvjentanovic at the rally, issued a statement on its Facebook page Saturday night:
“To our @unevadareno community: please know we are aware of the dialogue taking place and the unfortunate incidents in Charlottesville, VA. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy. Despite these challenges, we strive for an inclusive campus where people feel safe and welcome.”
Photos of Cvjetanovic, 20, at the “Unite the Right” rally — a response to Charlottesville’s plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee — surfaced on social media Saturday afternoon.
The Twitter account @YesYoureRacist identified photos of a protester wearing a white polo shirt and holding a Tiki torch as Cvjetanovic, noting that he is a student at UNR. The tweet with photos of Cvjetanovic quickly went viral — as of Sunday, Aug. 13, its been retweeted more than 26,000 times and has received nearly 1,500 comments.
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