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The cause of the fatal helicopter crash investigations continue

Family friends mourn 3 dead in Virginia rally violence National News
Orlondo Matamoros | Agosto 13, 2017, 22:42

Earlier, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer and hospital officials said at least one person was killed and 19 injured in a car crash in the wake of a violent white nationalist rally on Saturday in the historic college town.

The helicopter was hovering near the white nationalist rally when it crashed into a wooded area on Old Farm Road around 5 p.m., just outside the city of Charlottesville, police said.

Two troopers who were killed were identified as Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, from Midlothian, Va., and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates from New Kent, NPR reported.

Honoring Virginia State Trooper Lt. H. Jay Cullen, died 8/12/2017 in a helicopter crash.

"Our state police and law enforcement family at-large are mourning this tragic outcome to an already challenging day", said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. The unit is staffed by Trooper-Pilots, all of whom are sworn members of the Department, are qualified "Police Pilots", and have private pilots' licenses. Jay Cullen was the pilot. He had served with the Virginia State Police for 23 years. "The unit fielded 3,008 flight requests in 2015".

The two victims were the only people on board the helicopter and there were no injuries to anyone on the ground, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time by state police, the FAA and NTSB. Our hearts go out to their wives and children, and we stand by to support them during this difficult time.

"He was a good trooper", Robert Bates told the Washington Post. "Berke was devoted to our entire family as part of our Executive Protective Unit team for the past three years", he said. He graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in August 2004 as a member of the 107 Basic Session.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, a video posted by TMZ appears to show the helicopter crash along with its fiery aftermath.