Heather Heyer’s mother: Remember why she was counterprotesting in Charlottesville


The mother of Heather Heyer said on the anniversary of her daughter’s death that she wants people to remember the causes that her daughter stood for.

Susan Bro told reporters Sunday to “please remember not to think of Heather, but why she was here.”

“She was here to support equality, she was here to support affordable housing, she was here to support taking care of people the way you would want to be taken care of,” Bro said.

“The Golden Rule still applies, I don’t care how old you are,” she continued. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” 

Heyer, 32, was killed during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., one year ago, when a car was driven into a crowd of counterprotesters.

The suspect, James Fields, was later charged with federal hate crimes.


Bro’s statements came on the first anniversary of the deadly rally.

She said that her daughter would want people to “focus on the issues.”

“That’s exactly what Heather would say, ‘quit looking at me, look at the issues,’ ” Bro said.

“My daughter had a mission and it’s my job to complete that mission,” she added.

People gathered in both Charlottesville and Washington, D.C., on Sunday to mark the rally’s anniversary.

Hundreds of counterprotesters rallied in D.C. to oppose a “Unite the Right” rally, organized by the same people who held the rally in Charlottesville one year earlier.

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