Hundreds of people marched with lit candles across the University of Virginia campus today in a contrasting demonstration from the torchlight white nationalist parade last Saturday.

Students and residents gathered at the Rotunda at the University of Virginia campus carrying candles and glow sticks to sing together for a vigil.

They sang God Bless America and the Star-Spangled Banner before invoking in unison the civil rights era anthem We Shall Overcome.

The vigil came together hours after state and national leaders spoke at a memorial for Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman was killed when a vehicle careened through a crowd on Charlottesville street on Sunday, injuring 19 other people.

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As they stood on the steps of the Rotunda, students there led the chorus as the crowd on the central grounds followed singing Don't Let Hatred Blow It Out, an altered verse to the old gospel tune This Little Light of Mine.

CNN aired live video of a sea of candlelight unfolded across the campus as the crowd headed to the school's rotunda and the statue of the school's founder Thomas Jefferson where days before white nationalists and counter protesters clashed.