The mother of the woman murdered during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend said her daughter’s death should be “a rallying cry for justice."
Thirty-two-year-old Heather Heyer died after a man plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
“Heather was not about hate, Heather was about stopping hatred,” Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother told HuffPost. “Heather was about bringing an end to injustice. 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.”
Twenty-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. has been arrested for the attack. He was photographed demonstrating at the rally, carrying symbols of Vanguard America, a white nationalist group.
Federal law enforcement are conducting a civil rights investigation into the incident, which has been called an act of domestic terrorism by numerous politicians and officials. The incident injured 19 others. Two Virginia police officers also died when their helicopter crashed as they were assisting the security at the rally. At least 14 others were injured during violent clashes that erupted during the violent protests, ABC reports.
Heyer worked as a paralegal.
"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," Heyer’s mother said in another interview with HuffPost. "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."
During a speech at a church in Charlottesville on Sunday, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe honored Heyer, according to TIME. The governor also celebrated her on Twitter, stating that she "died standing up against hate & bigotry."