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Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Susan Bro (R), mother of Heather Heyer, hugs a young woman near a makeshift memorial for her daughter Heather who was killed one year ago during a deadly clash, August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Jackson. A “Unite the Right” rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for today in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

The mother of a woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer said Sunday there’s much healing to do a year after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, visited the site of the attack on Sunday afternoon. She laid flowers at a makeshift memorial and addressed a crowd that gathered around her in downtown Charlottesville, thanking them for coming to remember her daughter but also acknowledging the dozens of others injured and the two state troopers killed when a helicopter crashed that day.

“There’s so much healing to do,” Bro said. “We have a huge racial problem in our city and in our country. We have got to fix this or we’ll be right back here in no time.”

The vigil was one in a series of largely peaceful community events held in Charlottesville over the weekend to mark the one-year anniversary of the rally, one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists and other far-right extremists in a decade. (AP)

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