Kentucky mayor calls for removal of Confederate statues amid Virginia violence

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky — Saturday’s deadly rally in Virginia over the removal of a Confederate statue has prompted another state to take action.

Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, Kentucky, now says he wants to remove two Confederate-era monuments from his city’s former courthouse.

The move comes after a car plowed through a group of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed. More than a dozen others were injured.

Mayor Gray said the events in Charlottesville “accelerated his decision” to act.

**Complete coverage on the tragedy in Virginia, here**