Almost two dozen people were also injured in the attack, which officials said was carried out by a 21-year-old white man from OH who had demonstrated with the white supremacist groups.
Counter-protests: There are several counter-demonstrations planned.
"It was suffocating, terrifying, to realize they were going to wrap around us with burning torches", said King.
Since last year's rally, city officials have ween working on a public safety plan.
Nineteen others were injured in the clash during a "Unite the Right" rally on August 12, 2017.
This year's Unite the Right is permitted to allow up to 400 people, but many say the number who will show up will be far less.
He continued: "What about the "alt-left" that came charging at, as you say, the 'alt-right, ' do they have any semblance of guilt?", he said. "It feels good that they're here in front of our store". Bellamy told the police commander that the students were upset by the officers' tactics, calling the officers' riot gear "over the top".
"Our main message is that we want people to see Kessler and his allies for what they really are", Shallal said.
Charlottesville's Interim City Manager Mike Murphy said officials at the University of Virginia, the city of the Charlottesville and Albemarle County are working together this weekend to "to keep our city safe from violence".
"I felt the need to be here and support the businesses", Falzer said as she ate lunch at a diner on Main Street.
Hundreds of people, including left-wing activists, professors, students, and community members continued to march down the street to Lambeth Field.
Road closures in and out of the UVA Medical Center were put in place as protesters gathered in the Virginia city. The lock down was lifted shortly after.
Heyer was killed when a person drove a vehicle through a crowd of counterprotesters.
Bro, who was not in Charlottesville past year when her daughter was killed, said she understands why some people are in "high anxiety", particularly people who may have seen the violence and are "still living the trauma of that".
As a helicopter followed the crowd overhead, the protesters said it was their time to fight back for Cville. "We intend to have the entire police department engaged to make sure that we handle this type of thing".
"We've always acted as if black lives never mattered, as if people of color never mattered", Susan Bro, the mother of the counterprotester killed in Charlottesville past year, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Friday.
Algenon Franklin Cain, 28, of Red Springs, N.C. was arrested for trespassing on two separate occasions by Virginia State Police. The Park Service has issued a detailed set of limits and prohibitions on items that can be brought in, banning some of the items that were wielded in Charlottesville.
The city of Charlottesville marked the anniversary of last year's white supremacist violence that sent ripples through the country with largely peaceful vigils and other events, but police had a brief, tense confrontation with demonstrators angry over the heavy security presence there this weekend. We will never forget Lt. Jay Cullen, Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates, and Heather Heyer.
The state of emergency will stay in place in Charlottesville through the weekend so people can go and honor Heyer's life along with the two state troopers who also died previous year.