Americans Stand Strong Against Hate At Heather Heyer Memorial

Marsha Scott
August 17, 2017

2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst A man wears a purple ribbon to remember Heather Heyer, who was killed at in a far-right rally, as he arrives for her memorial service in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 16, 2017. "At one of the last staff meetings she made the comment 'if you're not outraged you're not paying attention.' And, if people aren't outraged by this they're not paying attention". But we're going to have to push on through.

"We are going to have our differences".

On Wednesday night, hundreds of people gathered on the University of Virginia campus for a candlelight vigil against hate and violence.

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told NBC News that her daughter was at the demonstration with friends and was hit by the vehicle as she was trying to cross the street. Make a point to look at it.

"Someone who works for the city who was helping coordinate the memorial, he just called to see if I was available to come up and do this", Welty said in a phone call with Mic.

"I'd rather have my child".

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"No father should have to do this", Mr Heyer said. "You ask me, 'What can I do?' So many people ..."

Not in attendance was Donald Trump, but the president tweeted a message of support.

President Trump on Wednesday praised the woman who was killed in the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Va. "It's a story that needs to be told", he told 13News Now Tuesday before he left for Charlottesville. "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".

"No. I will be reaching out", he said. The 32-year-old was killed Saturday when police say James Fields Jr. drove a Dodge Challenger into a group of counter protesters.

Currently, Pennsylvania is home to numerous hate groups, including the white supremacist Keystone State Skinheads, neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement and white nationalist groups like Vanguard and the Traditional Workers Party, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Those demonstrators were there protesting the potential removal of a Confederate statue in a local park.

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