A memorial service for Heather Heyer, 32, who was killed when a car plunged into a counter protest of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was held on Aug. 16.
During the memorial service, Meyer’s mother, Susan Bro, said she had never expected having to bury her own child.
She described Meyer as a caring and compassionate person who was passionate for what she stood for.
President Donald Trump also tweeted about the memorial service saying: “Memorial service today for beautiful and incredible Heather Heyer, a truly special young woman. She will be long remembered by all!”
At a press conference a day earlier Trump made reference to a “beautiful statement” Heyer’s mother had sent him. Bro had written, “Thank you, President Trump, for those words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred.”
Following the violence in Charlottesville, Trump condemned what he described as the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” saying it has no place in America. He specifically condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, but has also said that the alt-left was in part to blame for the violence.
At the memorial service, Meyer’s mother said she hoped that people can talk about their differences instead of resorting to violence.
“The truth is, we are going to have our differences. We are going to be angry with each other, but let’s channel that anger, not into hate, not into violence. Not into fear, but channel that difference, that anger, into righteous action,” she said.