Friends and family have identified 32-year-old Heather Heyer as the woman killed in Charlottesville, VA, Saturday, when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally.
Heyer worked as a paralegal with the Miller Law Group.
Her last public Facebook post read: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention".
Heyer’s childhood friend Felicia Correa told reporters, "She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.”
Correa spoke on behalf of the victim’s mother.
Rest In Peace, Heather Heyer. Thank you for fighting against hate. We will continue the fight for you. 💗 pic.twitter.com/Jg1j6fINZq— Elizabeth Tulloch (@BitsieTulloch) August 13, 2017
20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death, in connection with yesterday's events.
Charlottesville police chief says violence was "premeditated," suspect is in custody https://t.co/rtTBkVpHdc— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 12, 2017
Leaders from both sides of the political spectrum have since spoken out against white supremacy, bigotry, and violence.
Our hearts are with today's victims. White supremacy is a scourge. This hate and its terrorism must be confronted and defeated.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017
Racism, bigotry & hate are wrong - in Charlottesville & anywhere else in this country. We should be a better people than that.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) August 12, 2017
President Trump gave a statement that has since received criticism for its failure to condemn white supremacy specifically -- particularly as former KKK leader David Duke stated at the rally that they were going to "fulfill the promises of Donald Trump".
When terrorists abroad plow cars into crowds Trump condemns "radical Islam." But when it happens here, he talks of violence "on many sides."— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 12, 2017
How are you feeling about all of this?
Confederate flags, Nazi salutes, and Klansmen having their rights protected by a black police officer.— Ubadah Sabbagh (@Neubadah) August 12, 2017
This picture hurts. pic.twitter.com/qr5nGkMUvH
White supremacy, bigotry and violent extremism are shameful parts of our history that should be rejected and condemned by a decent society.— Megan Barry (@MayorMeganBarry) August 12, 2017
What a sad and disturbing reflection of 2017 America. https://t.co/gCCNQsDqHl— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 12, 2017
I'm sorry....WHAT? how have we moved so far backwards in this country within 6 months?! https://t.co/D6k5MzLvNy— Jessica (@pugglife) August 12, 2017
life's too short for fighting, discrimination, or hatred. #Charlottesville my heart is with you.— Sabrina Carpenter (@SabrinaAnnLynn) August 12, 2017
Silence or weak condemnation will be read as complicity today. Be loud. Be unconditional. Side with love, diversity, inclusion, and peace.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) August 12, 2017