Reaction from Emancipation Park

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- It was an entirely different scene at Emancipation Park just one day after Saturday's Unite the Right rally.

The barricades had been taken down and the large crowds were no longer surrounding the park. However, the police were still present and vehicle access near the park was still prohibited.

Saturday's tragic events were felt all across the country and beyond. Marie Stern and her husband, who are from northern Virginia, talked about the day.

"Yesterday, we were at the movies and got home and turned on the news and were sick to our stomachs, and our husband our both cried," said Stern.

Had the Sterns known about the rally, they would have been standing along side the counter-protesters.

Grace Klonoski lives on Second Street NW and described what she saw in front of her house.

"There were white vans. One right after another. They licensed plates from North Carolina and out of the vans came men. Lots of guys. They had firearms, and they had signs and they had flags, Confederate flags," she said.

She and her husband stayed at home and watched the events unfold on television. They did return to Emancipation Park around 8 p.m. Saturday.

"When we returned, there were police everywhere but very few people other than armed services," said Klonoski.

Klonoksi also added, "We are not recovered from this and this is a lot to take in and we're still pretty much in shock over the whole thing."

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