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Charlottesville honors slain protester Heather Heyer with ceremony, street name

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The site of the deadly Charlottesville crash now honors Heather Heyer.

More than four months after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to the death of protester Heather Heyer, the city honored her in a ceremony on Wednesday morning.

The ceremony took place on 4th street, where Heyer and others marched on Aug. 12 to counter-protest white supremacists. Heyer was killed when 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. barreled into the crowd in a gray Dodge Challenger. The crash injured 35 others. Fields is charged with first-degree murder and nine other felonies.

In her honor, the city changed the name of the block where the attack took place to “Honorary Heather Heyer Way,” on 4th Street between Water Street and East Market Street.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor Mike Signer thanked Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, for amplifying Heyer’s voice across the country and for calling upon others to not let white supremacist terrorists silence her message. After Heyer’s death, Bro left her job to advocate for Heyer’s legacy in interviews and speaking events, according to USA Today. She also created the Heather Heyer Foundation and a scholarship program for students who hope to make social change.

“I thank the city for taking the step to name this street after Heather. I don’t want a statue, I don’t want a park named after her. This is what I asked for,” Bro said at the street naming. “Your love and support continue to give me hope for Charlottesville and for the world, and people in general.”

H/T the Root

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.