Counter-protesters pushing for peace ahead of 'Unite the Right 2' rally


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    Rocky Twyman says he came out on Saturday to send a message.

    “Could you sign our card for the young lady that was killed?” Twyman said.

    Twyman, a Montgomery County resident, was referring to Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters at last year's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

    The large card was in honor of Heyer.

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    “We want to alert people that there should be no violence," he said. "We want them to come together."

    Twyman says he’s praying ahead of Sunday’s "Unite The Right 2" rally and counter-protests that are expected to draw thousands.

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    “I’m somewhat afraid that something terrible could happen like it did in Charlottesville,” he said.

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    Cindi Barash came to D.C. from New Jersey to show her support for the counter-protests. She held a sign near Lafayette Park on Saturday.

    “I want to show that they aren’t many sides,” Barash said.

    Even on Saturday, she says she doesn’t feel totally secure.

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    “Definitely nervous. We’ll probably hang back. I’m not going to put my daughter in danger,” she said.

    “This is what we do in D.C., we have protests all the time,” said Jill Kathman, a part of Occupy Lafayette Park who says she has confidence in the security measures planned. “We have huge events like the marathon and so forth and they know the game, right? And, plus, we have the lessons that were learned in Charlottesville.”

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    A lesson and tragedy that is still clear in many minds.

    “We are asking God above to really intervene,” Twyman said. “Because we need to call on a higher being right now.”

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