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Bigots Won't Allow Victim Of Charlottesville Rally To Rest In Peace

White supremacists, apparently not satisfied that an anti-racism protester was killed at one of their rallies, reportedly want to commit violence at the woman’s gravesite.

In August, Heather Heyer died and dozens of others sustained injuries in Charlottesville, Va., when a neo-Nazi allegedly steered his car into a crowd of counter-demonstrators. The Ku Klux Klan and other fascist groups organized the rally to protest local officials’ decision to remove a statue honoring Confederate Civil War Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. The 32-year-old Heyer was among those who attended the event to speak out against the white nationalists.

The woman’s mother, Susan Bro, told the Daily Beast that threats by some of the bigots have forced her to hide her daughter’s ashes at an undisclosed cemetery. She explained that visitors and employees could be in danger, and suggested that someone might want to desecrate the gravesite. “It’s a symptom of hate in society that you should have to protect your child’s grave, for Pete’s sake,” Bro said. “So, I’m protecting my child now.”

The man who allegedly killed Heyer, 20-year-old James Fields of Ohio, initially faced a second-degree murder charge. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that last week, District Court Judge Robert Downer changed the indictment to first-degree murder. That means Fields could spend the rest of his life behind bars. The lesser charge could have resulted in a sentence of only 20 years.

Downer showed a video of the alleged assailant driving his 2010 Dodge Challenger in the direction of Heyer and her fellow counter-protesters. The vehicle could be seen stopping, then backing up, before plowing into the crowd. The graphic footage proved that Fields deserved a harsher penalty, according to Downer. The Times-Dispatch noted the judge also has filed felony charges against three others who took part in the rally. One of them was caught on video shooting a firearm, while the other two men allegedly beat up a counter-protester.

While numerous elected officials were quick to condemn the white supremacists, President Trump did not do so for several days. Even then, he said that some of those who joined the racists at the rally were “very fine people”; and he claimed that “many sides” were responsible for the violence. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and other white nationalists enthusiastically backed the Trump campaign. As a candidate, Trump blasted Muslims, Mexicans and other groups. His critics accused him of sending “dog whistles” to racists, in hopes of winning their support.

The Daily Beast wanted to know whether Bro thought Trump’s rhetoric was partially responsible for her daughter’s death. "I’m starting to come to that conclusion, because he definitely pushes forward a hateful agenda,” the grieving mother replied. “There are family members that will possibly not have anything to do with me for saying so. Many family members are strong Trump supporters, and continue to be so despite everything they see.”

Bro recently created the Heather Heyer Foundation, which has an office in the law firm where the victim was employed. The goal is to encourage more people to become active in the struggle for social justice. “As long as I’m doing something proactive, I can control the feelings, the emotions, a little better,” Bro said.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, YouTube

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