Thirty-two year old Heather Heyer was pronounced dead after a car barreled into a wave of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. Nineteen demonstrators were injured as well from the car while protesting the Alt Right rally, made up of groups that included Neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan members from across the country.
Heyer’s blood is on the hands of 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. who used his Dodge Challenger as a bulldozer against the rally’s opposition. His actions have landed him a second-degree murder charge and a host of other counts.
Nine of the nineteen protesters injured at the hands of Fields Jr. have been discharged, but five victims remain hospitalized.
Heyer’s childhood friend, Felicia Correa, considers her a martyr for her cause. “She died for a reason. I don’t see any difference in her or a soldier who died in war. She died, in a sense, for her country,” said Correa.
The events in Charlottesville continue to provoke outrage from politicians and citizens across the board, with organizers scheduling rallies against hate and racism determined to make sure her death will not be in vain.