The mother of the victim killed during yesterday’s protest against a Charlottesville hate march has spoken out about her daughter, as reported by Huffington Post.
Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly plowed his car into a group of peaceful protesters, killing her and injuring several others, Crime Online has reported.
Her mother, Susan Bro, spoke to reporters from a rocking chair and recalled her daughter fondly, noting her heartbreak but also relief that she died doing something she believed in.
“She always had a very strong sense of right and wrong, she always, even as a child, was very caught up in what she believed to be fair,” she said. “Somehow I almost feel that this is what she was born to be, is a focal point for change. I’m proud that what she was doing was peaceful, she wasn’t there fighting with people.”
The young woman’s mother also spoke to Daily Mail and reaffirmed Heyer’s passion for justice and equal rights for all.
‘She was a very passionate young woman, had been her whole life and she believed very strongly in speaking up for the rights of others. That’s why she was there.”
Bro noted that her daughter, who worked as a paralegal, was extremely charitable, often taking people in who “were having a hard time” and giving them food and shelter, sometimes for weeks and months.
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One of Heyer’s neighbors echoed her mother’s sentiments, saying “She lived her life like her path — and it was one of justice.”
Susan Bro began to cry at the notion that her daughter’s death could be used to further hate and not love.
“I don’t want her death to be a focus for more hatred, I want her death to be a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion,” she said. “I’m very sorry that [Fields] chose that path because he has now ruined his life as well as robbed a great many of us of someone we love very much.”
“My heart is broken but I am forever proud of her.”
Heyer’s friends have set up a GoFundMe on her behalf, raising money for her family.
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