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Virginia State Police said two have died after a helicopter crashed near Charlottesville

2 Virginia officers were killed in a helicopter crash linked to violent white supremacist rally in Virginia


Updated August 12, 2017 08:57 PM EDT

The two men killed in the helicopter crash on Saturday night that officials said was linked to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier in the day have been identified as Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates.

VA Troopers Killed

Cullen had joined the Virginia State Police Aviation Unit in 1999 and is survived by his wife and two sons.

Bates, who would have been 41 on Aug. 13, had graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in 2004.

Officials said a helicopter crash that killed two on Saturday was linked to a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one dead and 35 others injured.

The helicopter went down in a wooded area around 5 p.m. in Albemarle County right outside of Charlottesville, killing the pilot and the passengar. Nobody on the ground was hurt.

Police said the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had a press conference about the rally hours after the crash, in which he announced there had been three deaths in Charlottesville that day.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

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