Thousands of supporters showed up to honor Heather Heyer during Wednesday’s memorial service, where her mother, Susan Bro, gave a moving sermon. The 32-year-old paralegal was killed on Saturday when a car hit her while protesting against a “Unite the Right” rally of alt-right demonstrators, according to a CNN report.
“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her,” Bro said to the packed Paramount Theater. Among the crowd of mourners were US Sen. Tim Kaine and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
“I want you to pay attention, find what’s wrong … and say to yourself, what can I do to make a difference?” Bro continued. “And that’s how you’re going to make my child’s death worthwhile.
“I’d rather have my child, but by golly, if I’ve got to give her up, we’re going to make it count.”
Heyer’s father, Mark Heyer, also spoke at the service. “She wanted equality, and in this issue of the day of her passing, she wanted to put down hate. And for my part, we just need to stop all this stuff and just forgive each other. I think that’s what the Lord would want us to do.”