New details about James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old Ohio man who killed one person and injured 19 more in Charlottesville over the weekend, have been revealed. “He was very big into Nazism,” recalled one of his high school teachers. “He really had a fondness for Adolf Hitler.”

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While the US tries to recover from the violent Saturday afternoon clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, new details about the man who plowed his car into a group of counter-protesters are being revealed. “It was quite clear he had some really extreme views and maybe a little bit of anger behind them,” recalled a former teacher of 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr.

Fields traveled to Virginia from his home in Ohio for the “Unite the Right” rally on Saturday. He is a member of white supremacist movements and had “radical beliefs” that he expressed during his years at Randall K. Cooper High School, according to his former social studies teacher Derek Weimer.

Fields and the scene of the attack

Fields and the scene of the attack Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Weimer recalled that Fields wrote a very detailed paper about the Nazis in the Second World War. “He really bought into this white supremacist thing,” Weimer told CNN. “He was very big into Nazism. He really had a fondness for Adolf Hitler.”

“I would do all that to show him how wrong these views were, how evil they were, how white supremacism and Nazism, there is nothing about our country that has to do with those things,” Weimer continued.

Fields’ mother, who heard about the incident via the media, was shocked to learn that her son was responsible for the attack. “I told him to be careful [and] if they’re going to rally to make sure he’s doing it peacefully,” she said. “I didn’t know it was white supremacists. I thought it had something to do with Trump.” Fields’ mother added: “I try to stay out of his political views. I don’t get too involved.”

Fields was arrested shortly after the attack. He is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.