Tragedy

Heather Heyer, killed during Charlottesville protests, wanted to ‘bring an end to injustice’

Flowers surround a photo of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday when a car rammed into counter-protestors at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has been remembered by friends and family as a woman who tried to fight for a better world.

“Heather was not about hate, Heather was about stopping hatred,” Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, told HuffPost. “Heather was about bringing an end to injustice.”

Alfred A. Wilson, manager at the law firm where Heyer worked as a paralegal, told The New York Times that he often found her at her desk crying over current events.

“Heather being Heather has seen something on Facebook or read something in the news and realized someone has been mistreated and gets upset,” he recalled.

Thirty-two-year-old Heyer had joined a group of demonstrators on Sunday to protest a “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. She was killed when a car — seemingly deliberately — smashed into a line of vehicles and drove them into the crowed.

The car was driven by James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old man from Ohio. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

“I don’t want [Heyer’s] death to be a focus for more hatred,” Bro, Heyer’s mother, said. “I want her death to be a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion.” In an on-camera interview with NBC News, Bro, who was visibly shaken, said Heyer had devoted her entire life to “justice for everyone and fairness.” Watch it below.

Read more at The New York Times and the HuffPost.

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