People Mourn Loss of Heather Heyer on One-Year Anniversary of Her Death
The city of Charlottesville is mourning the loss of Heather Heyer on the one-year anniversary of her death.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The city of Charlottesville is mourning the loss of Heather Heyer on the one-year anniversary of her death.
The 32-year-old woman was killed in a white supremacist car attack on 4th Street on August 12, 2017.
On Sunday, exactly a year after the Unite the Right rally, a large crowd joined Heyer's mother to honor her memory.
Now, some elements at the scene of her death are very different, but some are quite similar. Blood hasn’t been shed on that street this year, but, just like last year, fresh flowers and messages written to Heyer surround the area.
Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, was greeted with an emotional welcome on Sunday afternoon at the spot where her daughter was killed one year ago.
As so many others were overcome by emotions, Bro remained stoic and strong.
“My daughter had a mission and it’s my job to complete that mission,” Bro said.
Bro celebrated her daughter with Wiz Khalifa’s song “See You Again.”
“It’ll come on the radio and I crank it up and sing along,” Bro said.
Everyone remembered Heyer in their own special way.
“She was a real sweetheart, and very, very passionate about basic human rights in general,” Larry Shreddy, who knew Heyer, said.
People laid flowers, lit candles, and chalked emotional messages. Later, community leader Don Gathers led a prayer circle and others recounted last year’s tragedy.
“We were standing, like, two feet from Heather, and to actually watch how she was hit and to watch her actually go up into the air and flip and watch her come back down and her head hit that car and watch her roll on the ground, it makes you numb because you don't even know how to feel,” Rosia Parker, of Black Lives Matter, said.
People wanted to make sure everyone recognized just how special Heyer was.
“We’re out here just to let her know that her life was not in vain,” Angeline Conn, of Black Lives Matter, said.
Bro says she appreciates all the love, but wants the focus to not just be on her daughter but rather the causes for which she was so passionate.
“She was here to support equality, she was here to support affordable housing, she was here to support taking care of people,” Bro said.
The wounds remain fresh for many people also involved in that car attack.
People at her memorial on Sunday were reminding others that, along with Heyer, 29 other people were injured in that attack and many of them are still recovering.