Activists gathered Sunday in Charlottesville at the site of Heather Heyer’s death on the one-year anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally that left Heyer dead.
“We’re here to honor the life of Heather Heyer,” those gathered at the site chanted on Sunday.
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Counter-demonstrators gather near the site where Heather Heyer was stuck and killed by a car during the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia one year ago today. https://t.co/XTGD5Mk1oP pic.twitter.com/0UwfW6iZD5
Heyer was among the counterprotesters at last year’s “Unite the Right” rally, where a self-described neo-Nazi drove a car into a crowd of protesters, killing Heyer. The suspect in the attack, James Fields, was later charged with federal hate crimes.
Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, was among those who visited the site Sunday. Bro told reporters 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.
Far-right activists are planning to gather in Washington, D.C., on Sunday for the “Unite the Right” anniversary after organizer Jason Kessler’s permit to hold another rally in Charlottesville was denied.
Hundreds of counterprotesters are also rallying in D.C. to oppose the "Unite the Right" rally. The counterprotesters are expected to outnumber the “Unite the Right” members.