State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, leads her colleagues in a moment silence Monday to remember the people who died in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday during the white supremacist rally. (Photo: Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman)
Rep. John Raney, R-College Station, said university officials cited online hate messages, including those sent by some people saying they would bring weapons to the day-long rally planned for Rudder Plaza in the heart of the College Station campus.
A&M System spokesman Laylan Copelin confirmed the cancellation.
Counter-protesters clashed with the white nationalists, and a woman was killed and numerous others injired when a suspect with ties to neo-Nazi groups allegedly drove his car into a group of counter-protesters. Two state troopers died in the crash of a helicopter monitoring events.
Some members of the Texas Legislature from both parties had called on A&M officials to cancel the Sept. 11 event, which was organized by white nationalist Preston Wiginton and dubbed “White Lives Matter.”