The family of Heather Heyer said goodbye to their daughter at a memorial today. The 32-year-old woman was run down by a car during the Charlottesville protests over the weekend.
"She was there to put down hate," shared her father, Mark Heyer. "No father should have to do this."
As People reports, Heather's father gave a tearful account of his daughter's passion for doing the right thing. “To this day, I don’t remember how that turned out,” Mark said. “All I remember is Heather’s passion. Heather’s passion extended to her ideas, her thoughts.”
The young woman was in Charlottesville to protest white supremacists when one hit her intentionally with his car. He has since been arrested.
Heyer's father urged people to come together and find unity with each other. “She loved people, she wanted equality,” he said. “And in this issue, on the day of her passing, she wanted to put down hate. And for my part, we just need to stop all this stuff and just forgive each other. I think that’s what the Lord would want us to do is to stop — just love one another.”
Heather's mother, Susan Bro, also spoke during the memorial. She said that her hope is that something meaningful can come from her daughter's death. “They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what, you just magnified her."
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