A St. Louis native who marched in the “Unite The Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville this past weekend, has been identified by his fellow graduates of the St. Louis, MO high school that he attended.
Eight seconds into a video posted by Vice News which gave a behind the battle lines look into the march Friday night at the University of Virginia, you can see a man named Clark Canepa carrying a torch and marching alongside self-declared white nationalists, reports KMOV.
this is Clark Canepa. he went to my high school and is a racist piece of trash. have a great day! pic.twitter.com/dMp0DOopF6
— Dylan Hafer (@thedylonce) August 15, 2017
Canepa, 21, who graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 2014, can be seen in the video holding a torch and chanting.
Among the chants recorded by Vice News were “Jews will not replace us” and “ Blood and Soil,” a Nazi slogan.
KMOV reports that Canepa’s fellow graduates have reached out to their former school, urging them to repudiate the former student.
“It was a fantastic time. Unfortunately, the left wing violence wasn’t prevented by the police,” said Canepa in a message to News 4 reporter Alexis Zotos.
“Clear shot, absolutely, not only of him marching, but him with a tiki, him chanting, like actively participating. Wasn’t even like it was something he happened to be a part of, he was going out of his way to actively participate and show his support,” said Sasha Scott who was friends with Canepa in high school.
The 21-year-old said he does not identify as a white nationalist but as an “American patriot.”
“I attended the rally because the political organization I am with, Identify Evropa, encouraged us to go in support to protest the removal of American History monuments, in this case, the Robert E Lee statue.”
Identify Evropa describes itself as “an American based identitarian organization dedicated to promoting the interests of People of European Heritage.” But many identify the group as a white supremacist organization.
His sister took to Facebook Tuesday to say “All I can do is apologize for my brother’s actions. I do not condone them under any circumstances.”
A spokesperson for the school said they do not comment on former student’s actions but did release a statement Tuesday:
As a proudly diverse school community, we stand behind the rights of individuals to calmly, peacefully, respectfully and productively share their views and opinions. We do not condone or support violence or hatred in any form and stand, as allies, with those who denounce the racist actions and hate-filled rhetoric that were displayed in Charlottesville, VA, this past weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.