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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mourners will gather in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Wednesday to honor the woman who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally that descended into violence last weekend.

A memorial service for Heather Heyer is scheduled Wednesday morning at a downtown Charlottesville theater. Attendees were asked to wear purple, Heyer’s favorite color, in her memory.

The 32-year-old was a Charlottesville resident and legal assistant whose mother described her daughter as a courageous, principled woman and firm believer in justice and equality.

Heyer was among the hundreds of protesters who had gathered Saturday in Charlottesville to decry what was believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a decade — including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members. They descended on the city for a rally prompted by the city’s decision to remove a Confederate monument.

Chaos and violence erupted before the event even began, with counter-demonstrators and rally-goers clashing in the streets.

Authorities forced the crowd to disperse, and groups then began roaming through town. Counter-protesters had converged for a march along a downtown street when suddenly a Dodge Challenger barreled into them, hurling people into the air. The video shows the car reversing and hitting more people.

Authorities forced the crowd to disperse, and groups then began roaming through town. Counter-protesters had converged for a march along a downtown street when suddenly a Dodge Challenger barreled into them, hurling people into the air. The video shows the car reversing and hitting more people.

The Ohio man who police say was driving, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. was described by a former high school teacher as an admirer of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. He was quickly taken into custody and has been charged with second-degree murder and other counts.

Heyer grew up in nearby Greene County and worked as a legal assistant at a law firm. Her boss, Larry Miller, said the young woman was active in the firm’s bankruptcy practice and was like a family member to him.

“She’s very compassionate, she’s very precise, got a big heart, she wants to make sure that things are right. She cares about the people that we take care of. She’s just a great person,” Miller said.

Her mother, Susan Bro, said she would prefer to grieve in private but felt compelled to try to follow her daughter’s example.

“I miss her so, so much, but I’m going to make her death worth something,” Susan Bro told The Associated Press.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said this week that his department is working with Heyer’s family to ensure the safety of those at vigils and other memorials.

The Paramount Theater, which is hosting the vigil, said in a statement that it had made arrangements for overflow attendees to view the service through a live stream.

Also killed Saturday were two Virginia State Police troopers who were aboard a helicopter that was providing video of the event before it broke off to lend support to a motorcade for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The helicopter crashed outside of Charlottesville. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

A funeral for Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates has been set for Friday and a funeral for Lt. H. Jay Cullen, the helicopter’s pilot, is scheduled for Saturday.

(Photo Credit: Courtland Wells/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

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9 thoughts on “Mourners Gather To Remember Woman Killed At Virginia Rally

  1. specialt757 on said:

    What kind of president doesn’t even give his condolences to this person’s family after this U.S. travesty? He is a true POS.

  2. May all of the people who lost their lives RIP.
    Hopefully, their deaths will not be in vain.

    Heather’s mother gave an AWESOME eulogy to her daughter.
    It was very dignified and ON POINT.

    I would not wish for any mother to have to bury their child-let alone to
    eulogize them.

    • specialt757 on said:

      You’re right. She was so calm and at peace. I don’t know if I would have been able to compose myself long enough to get a complete sentence out. She did a wonderful job.

  3. The ruling class—the wealthy families and corporations that own our government—wants us “po’ folks” and “working stiffs” to keep hating and fighting each other, so we won’t think about how much they are taxing us, controlling our lives with their petty laws, and stealing our money! We know deep in our souls that hatred, violence and racism are wrong, as are religious intolerance, sexism, and other prejudices. But we humans often hate each other in our Hearts of Darkness. Racism is foolish: we ALL descended from ancient ancestors in East Africa. The capacity for both love and violence is part of our human nature (we can observe similar behavior in our cousins, the chimpanzees, whose DNA is 97% the same as ours.) We humans have used our intellects to build great cities and fly to the moon, but we have also created the horrors of nuclear weapons. We use chemical and biological weapons to kill babies, women, children, old men. Ban the manufacture, sales and possession of such weapons of mass destruction, no matter how much money corporations make by selling them. If people want to fight, let them go on Monday Night Wrestling or participate in Mixed Martial Arts competitions! Maybe President Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea could have a match? Trump is larger and heavier, but Kim knows martial arts, so it could be an exciting fight, like the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight to be held here in Sin City, aka Las Vegas! Wouldn’t that be better than a nuclear holocaust?

  4. The Truth on said:

    I Pray for our Nation. When you Hate its and Awful Spirit that takes over your body. You don’t even No why you Hate you just feeling on assumptions nothing but SATAN. You see innocent people were killed including cops doing their job. HATERED is and EVIL SPIRIT AND NO ONE WINS!
    NO ONE!!!

  5. specialt757 on said:

    “Ohio man who police say was driving, 20-year-old” I hope his life is nothing short of misery every second he has left here on earth and after that he burns in HELL forever.

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