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CHARLOTTESVILLE,Va. (LEX 18) - A tense 48 hours in Charlottesville, VA after violence erupts at a white nationalist rally.

A native Kentuckian who was in Charlottesville recounts the chaos to LEX 18 that she witnessed firsthand.

“By time we got to the park, the park was surrounded by armed militia members,” said Beth Foster.

Russell Springs native Best Foster was in Charlottesville with a faith based group out of Chattanooga Tennessee. She spoke with us over social media .

“The morning started out really beautiful. We had a worship service. Dr. Cornell West spoke,” said Foster.

But it didn't take long for chaos to set in as members of white supremacist movements clashed with members of other groups and protesters.

“The violence just kind of poured out in to the streets all around Charlottesville..uh..we were about three blocks away when the car plowed in to the protesters, said Foster.

One person was killed, dozens were injured when a man drove this car into a crowd of people. The driver was arrested.

A Louisville newspaper is reporting that a Carfax report shows the vehicle was purchased from

Kerry Toyota in Florence, Kentucky

"A person came running to where we were and asked that we come up there; that there were bodies all over the street, is what she said. We saw several people carried out on stretchers, said Foster.

Foster says her group was warned of potential violence at the protest but, she says she's having a hard time coming to grips with the fact someone died and that our society seems so divided.

“ Guns and shields and weapons and pepper spray and all these things people brought out there with them, it totally crossed the line from the moment they stepped in to the street, said Foster.

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