heather heyer
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Heather Heyer’s Mother Has Powerful Message for Her Daughter’s Killers: ‘You Didn’t Shut Her Up, You Magnified Her’

Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, has a powerful message for the people who killed her daughter.

Heyer died on August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia when a car drove through a crowd of counter protesters standing up against a white nationalist rally happening there. Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Paramount Theater on Wednesday to pay homage to the 32-year-old.

“She loved people. She wanted equality. And this issue of the day of her passing she wanted to put down hate,” her father, Mark Heyer, said. “We just need to stop all this stuff and forgive each other.”

Her mother, Susan Bro, strongly addressed the large crowd with a message of hope. She said, “I think the reason that what happened to Heather has struck a chord is because we know that what she did was achievable. We don’t all have to die. We don’t all have to sacrifice our lives. They tried to kill my child to shut her up. But guess what? You just magnified her.”

Bro urged others to fight injustice and speak up, and said this is just the beginning of her daughter’s legacy.

“I want this to spread,” she continued. “I don’t want this to die. This is just the beginning of Heather’s legacy. This is not the end of her legacy. You need to find in your heart that small spark of accountability. What is there that I can do to make the world a better place? What injustice do I see? And not to turn away. ‘I don’t really want to get invovled with that. I don’t want to speak up. They will be annoyed with me. My boss may think less of me.’ I don’t care. You put that finger and you make it happen. You take that extra step. You find a way to make a difference in the world.”