The mother of 32-year-old Heather Heyer teared up while smiling and thinking about her daughter. Susan Bro’s daughter was a paralegal from Charlottesville, Virginia who was protesting the “Unite the Right” gathering of white supremacist groups. Heather was killed after a man drove his car into a group of protesters trying to kill as many as possible.
The young paralegal was determined to stand up against injustice; her mother told the Huffington Post. There wasn’t even a question where she would be as the white supremacists descended on her city.
“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,” Bro said. “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.”
Susan Bro shared that her daughter was charitable and cared for the underprivileged. Heather used to invite her friends who were “having a hard time” to stay in their home, even for months. Heather helped anyone who needed help, Bro said.
Others who knew Heather said the same kind of things about her. A neighbor said, “she lived her life like her path ― and it was for justice.”
A gofundme.com page was set up in Heather Heyer’s name by a family friend that raised $225,000. Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) sent a message of support to Heyer’s family and said, “her bravery should inspire us all to come together.”
The person who was arrested and charged with driving his car into the crowd of people, killing Heather, was James Fields Jr. Fields, 20-years-old, was in Charlottesville attending the “Unite the Right” rally and was photographed with a shield that had a white supremacist emblem on it just hours before the attack.
Heather’s mother said this about the man charged with killing her daughter, “I think he’s still very young, and I’m sorry he believed that hate could fix problems. Hate only brings more hate,” Bro said. “Heather was not about hate; Heather was about stopping hatred. Heather was about bringing an end to injustice.” Susan Bro began to cry as she finished, “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. I’m very sorry that [Fields] chose that path because he has now ruined his life as well as robbed a great many of us of someone we love very much.”
“No mother wants to lose a child, but I’m proud of her,” she said. “I’m proud of what she did.”
It’s not hard to see why Heather was filled with such kindness and a heart for justice. Her mother sets a good example.
Credit: Huffington Post