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Is This the Alleged Charlottesville Killer?

Photographs from earlier in the day.

Is This the Alleged Charlottesville Killer?
Photos by Evy Mages

Is James Alex Fields, Jr. the man in these photographs, shot hours before a car plowed into protesters opposing a white-supremacist gathering in Charlottesville?

Fields, identified by the Washington Post as a 20-year old from Ohio, is the man charged with second-degree murder in the attack. Police released a mugshot late Saturday. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail

Photographer Evy Mages was steps away when a Dodge Challenger plowed into the crowd, killing one person and injuring 19. Hours earlier, she’d been photographing radical-right activists on the streets of Charlottesville, where they’d gathered for a rally dubbed Unite the Right.

Among a group carrying shields was a young man who looks a lot like the jailhouse photo of Fields.


Michael Schaffer has been editor of Washingtonian since 2014. A former editor of Washington City Paper and editorial director of The New Republic, Michael is also the author of One Nation Under Dog, a 2009 book about America’s obsession with pets. A DC native, he currently lives in Chevy Chase DC with his wife and their two daughters.