After white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, took the life of 32-year-old Heather Heyer on Saturday, one local woman is honoring her in a beautiful way.
Beneath the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park that launched protests and counter-protests, Nancy Carpenter has placed a sign that declares it “Heyer Mem. Park.”
20-year-old James Fields Jr. is suspected of plowing his car into a crowd of people protesting Saturday’s “Unite the Right” march, killing Heyer as she was crossing the street. He has been arrested and charged with murder.
Carpenter has lived in Charlottesville since 2008 and put up the sign as a means of “turning the page on this weekend’s event,” WSOC-TV reporter Joe Bruno told HuffPost.
Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, described her daughter as someone who wanted to help bring “an end to injustice.” Bro told HuffPost reporter Andy Campbell that her daughter “was not about hate.”
“Somehow I almost feel that this is what she was born to be, is a focal point for change. I’m proud that what she was doing was peaceful. She wasn’t there fighting with people,” Bro said.