Heather Heyer died after being struck by a Dodge Charger driven by suspected white nationalist James Alex Fields during an alt-right rally. Heather’s mother Susan Bro’s world stood still when she heard the news. As hard as it may have been to hear of her daughter’s death, Bro is finding solace in the fact that her daughter died doing something she believed in.
“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 told the Huffington Post as she struggled to keep her composure.
“I’m proud that what she was doing was peaceful, she wasn’t there fighting with people. No mother wants to lose a child, but I’m proud of her. I’m proud of what she did.”
Heather’s family created a GoFundMe account and has raised over $177,000 out of its $200,000 goal. Bro wrote on the account, “She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.”
The 20-year-old man that hit and killed Heather was charged with second-degree murder Saturday, according to NBC News.
When asked how she felt about her daughter’s suspected killer, Bro replied that she felt “sorry” that he ruined his life by “believing that hate could fix problems.”
Sarah Albro, a friend of Heather’s, explained that Heather never met a stranger, and she didn’t see race, religion or gender when it came to accepting someone.
“She was vocal. She had transgender friends, she had black friends, she had gay friends. She had a very wide range of friends, and she never met anyone who was a stranger,” she recalled.
Albro agreed with Heather’s mother. “I would say that she felt strongly about certain things and had no problem standing up and showing support,” she said.
A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Sunday at 10 pm outside of Heather’s home. The vigil will honor Heather and act as a show of opposition against racism and fascism. Another vigil is scheduled at the White House at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night.