Susan Bro, the mother of 32-year-old Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, spoke today at her daughter’s service, saying that the White Nationalists responsible for her death only “just magnified her.”
“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what: you just magnified her,” Bro said.
Hundreds of people attended a memorial service on Wednesday for Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was tragically murdered at a rally in Charlottesville over the weekend by a white nationalist who mowed through a crowd of counter-protesters. Her memorial takes place just a day after Donald Trump stood before reporters and defended white nationalists, making sure to take the time to brag about how Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, said “the nicest things” about him.
Bro didn’t have anything to say about the president, nice or otherwise, while speaking at her daughter’s memorial, however she did have some powerful words for the group ultimately responsible for her death. After remembering Heather’s caring, compassionate, and outgoing personality, Bro said, “I think the reason that what happened to Heather has struck a chord, is because we know what she did is achievable. We don’t all have to die. We don’t all have to sacrifice our lives.”
Heyer, a 32-year-old native of Greene County, graduated from William Monroe High School and was currently working as a paralegal. According to Heyer’s LinkedIn profile, she worked for Miller Law Group PC in Virginia as a legal assistant.
Her fervor for helping the disenfranchised spurred the young Heyer to walk the streets of Charlottesville, protesting white nationalists who seek to protect the status of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, where she was eventually killed by White Nationalist James Fields.
Heather died a hero. May she rest in peace.