Her mom, Susan Bro, told Huff Post, “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. 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.”
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Via Huff Post: Heather Heyer was a paralegal living in Charlottesville who is described as having a strong sense of right and wrong, and a peaceful warrior's spirit on the topic of social justice:
[Her mother] recalled that her daughter was charitable and reached out to the underprivileged. Bro said Heather used to invite friends who were “having a hard time” to stay with them, sometimes for months. Anyone who needed help received it from Heather, Bro said.
Others who knew Heyer expressed similar sentiments. A neighbor in Charlottesville told HuffPost that, “she lived her life like her path ― and it was for justice.” ... A family friend said that Heyer was killed “while protesting against hate.”
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia sent a message to Heyer's family, noting, “Her bravery should inspire us all to come together.”
Heyer's mom had remarkably rational words regarding the man who is accused of mowing her daughter down:
“I think he’s still very young, and I’m sorry he believed that hate could fix problems. Hate only brings more hate,” Bro said. “Heather was not about hate, Heather was about stopping hatred. Heather was about bringing an end to injustice.
She began to cry as she added, “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. 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.”
Shockingly, Fields is only charged with second-degree murder over the crash, in spite of being photographed at the rally carrying a shield with a white supremacist insignia, having traveled from Ohio to be there and the incriminating video, which makes it hard to see the event as anything other than an intentional act to kill as many anti-racist protesters as possible.
Please check out this GoFundMe page to raise money for Heather's grieving family.