Charlottesville renames street after woman who was killed in white nationalist rally

Charlottesville, Va., has renamed a street in honor of the woman who was killed during the white nationalist rally in August.

The street where 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a man drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a “Unite the Right” rally was designated as "Heather Heyer Way.”

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer spoke at the dedication for the street on Wednesday and read a proclamation announcing the honorary street name, according to C-Ville Weekly.

“The terror attack that resulted in Ms. Heyer’s death and serious injuries to dozens more shocked our community and touched the heart and soul of not only Charlottesville, but the entire country,” Signer said, reading the proclamation. “This honorary designation pays tribute to Ms. Heyer’s dedication to justice, fairness, equal rights for all and positive social change.”

Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, also spoke at the event, saying that it is more difficult to come to the street where her daughter died than to visit her grave, according to C-Ville.


“I’m proud of how she died,” Bro said at the event. “What other legacy could a mother ever want for her child?”

Bro said in an interview earlier this month that she has had to hide the location of her daughter’s grave, citing white supremacists who she says have threatened her and her family.

Bro has also said that she has blocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE’s attempts to call her, saying that she was hurt by his comments after the rally that “both sides” are to blame for the violence.

James Alex Fields, the man accused of killing Heyer, was charged last week on 10 counts, including first-degree murder. Dozens of other counterprotesters were injured in the attack.

--This report was updated at 12:33 p.m.