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Confederate flag rally draws a crowd

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Cars lined up at Station 66 on Saturday flying the Confederate, Gadsden, and American flags.

RYAN ABELLA/Miner<BR> Cars lined up at Station 66 on Saturday flying the Confederate, Gadsden, and American flags.

KINGMAN - Over 20 cars flying the Confederate flag gathered near Station 66 off of Thompson Avenue on Saturday to rally behind the use of the flag, in light of current events.

"We're here to support the flag for heritage, not hate," said Robert Fernandes, the main organizer of the rally. He put together the rally using Facebook and flyers around town.

"Our lineage goes behind it. The flag does not kill people. Ignorant people kill people," he said, referencing Dylann Roof. Roof was the man who was arrested for the Charleston, S.C., church murders. A photo of him draped in the Confederate flag has been used frequently in the coverage since the murders.

Fernandes and the other supporters gathered hoping to change the narrative around the flag to one of Southern heritage and patriotism, one they feel has "been hijacked" by hateful groups recently.