Multiple Reports: A University of Virginia Library Employee Suffers Stroke After UVA Protest Injury
From the AP:
University of Virginia librarian Tyler Magill was among the counter-protesters surrounded by torch-bearing white supremacists Friday night at the school’s famous Thomas Jefferson statue.
On Sunday, Magill was shouting down and disrupting a press conference by Jason Kessler, who organized Saturday’s so-called Unite the Right rally that devolved into violence, including the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
By Tuesday, Magill’s vision was failing. He went to the emergency room, where he had a stroke. He was taken into intensive care.
Doctors determined the stroke was caused by physical trauma that Magill, 46, had suffered in recent days to an artery in his neck.
A spokesman for the university’s medical center said Wednesday that Mr. Magill was in fair condition at the hospital.
Mr. Magill, 46, works in the university’s library as an liaison with Ivy Stacks, UVa’s offsite shelving facility. He drew attention when a video surfaced recently in which he followed Jason Kessler, an organizer of the “Unite the Right Rally,” as state police escorted Mr. Kessler away from a press conference outside Charlottesville City Hall. Mr. Magill called Mr. Kessler responsible for the death of Heather D. Heyer, a 32-year-old woman who was fatally struck by a vehicle that rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters Saturday.
On Tuesday night when he was in intensive care, friends asked for help online to pay his medical bills and ensure he had time to heal. By Wednesday afternoon, more than $75,000 had been donated.
“It’s a sign of how much Tyler is loved throughout the community that people rose up so quickly,” said Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies.
“Tyler has worked in the library at U-Va. many years. He’s one of our more visible characters on campus. He’s a big personality and a big guy. He’s known throughout the community as being hilarious and jovial and passionate.”
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