Heather Heyer's mother says anniversary a painful reminder

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The mother of a woman killed when a man drove into a crowd at a white nationalist rally last summer says she's not looking forward to Sunday's anniversary of her daughter's death but knows she "will survive it."

Susan Bro told The Associated Press on Saturday that she has "survived all the other firsts" since her daughter, Heather Heyer, was killed. Bro spoke from her office inside the law firm where Heyer used to work as a paralegal.

Bro regularly gives interviews to talk about Heyer and her legacy. But she said that privately, she's been dreading the anniversary and the feelings it stirs up.

Bro likened losing a child to standing in shallow water and hanging on while being washed over by waves. But she says "today, I feel like high tide is in."

The man accused in the car attack is charged in state court with murder and also faces separate hate crime charges in federal court.


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Authorities in Charlottesville say they have seized prohibited items such as brass knuckles as hundreds of people have passed through security checkpoints leading into the city's downtown area.

A news release from the city Saturday afternoon said several hundred people had made their way through the perimeter that was established at 8 a.m.

The city says law enforcement at the access points are conducting consensual checks for objects that were banned as a security measure during the weekend anniversary of last summer's violence. The news release says individuals can refuse the searches but unsearched bags or packages won't be allowed inside.

The city tweeted just before 2:30 p.m. that two arrests had been made so far Saturday. A 28-year-old North Carolina man was arrested for trespassing and a 64-year-old man from surrounding Albemarle County, Virginia, was arrested for disorderly conduct.

The city says each man was released on a misdemeanor summons.

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