Richard Spencer supporters have been charged in a post-speech shooting

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From left, Tyler Tenbrink, William Fears and Colton Fears Gainesville Police Department

Tenbrink told reporters on camera that he admired Spencer ─ who speaks in favor of creating a white “ethno state” ─ because he was “not afraid to say the things that no one else will.” Tenbrink went on to recite the “14 words” used as a motto by white supremacists: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

William Fears told reporters he’d been in Charlottesville, and had come to Gainesville to hear Spencer because he agreed with much of what he said. “He’s trying to make it, normalize the idea for white people to have an identity, to advocate for their own interests and to advocate for our own existence,” Fears said.

The Fears brothers were held on $1 million bond, and Tenbrink, a convicted felon who was also charged with illegal gun possession, was held on a $3 million bond, police said.

It was not clear whether police or prosecutors are contemplating seeking hate-crime enhancements to the charges. The investigation remains ongoing, Tobias said.

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