Heather Heyer honored during emotional memorial service

The 32-year-old was killed during Saturday's violent rally

By Irisha Jones - Reporter

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The city of Charlottesville celebrated the life and legacy of a woman who many say has become an inspiration in light of the violence in the city.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed Saturday when a man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters in the city's downtown mall. Nineteen other people were injured in that attack.

Family members, friends, community members and political leaders flocked to Paramount Theater to talk about the memory she left behind.

Many who knew her said she wanted to make the world a better place. Many were crying, hugging each other and holding hands.

There were so many people who wanted to be at the memorial service at The Paramount, there was not enough room. An overflow location at The Jefferson Center was set up so people could still be part of the service.

Inside the Paramount Theater it was standing room only, and it was all for Heather Heyer.

Susan Bro, her mother, said during the service that she died fighting for justice for all.

Many people at the service were family, friends and co-workers who wanted to carry on her legacy of defending the rights of others.
  
Those closest to her described what she was like as a person.

"That same drive and passion. To her, all lives mattered," said Elwood Shrader, her grandfather.

"I came here today and I was overwhelmed by the colors in this room. That's how Heather was," said her father, Mark Heyer.

"Your courage, you never had a problem saying what needed to be said," said her cousin, Diana Ratcliff.

There was a long line of people waiting to get inside the service; many of them did not know Heather.

"I think everyone here is feeling indicative of wanting to heal and be together and present," said Dana Morrissey.

Those who came to the service were given this sticker with Heather's name on it. People were also encouraged to wear purple because it was her favorite color.

 

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