by Patricia Nicolas
A memorial service for Heather Heyer, the victim of Saturday's terrorist attack at a white supremacist rally, was held yesterday (Aug. 17) in downtown Charlottesville, Va.
The 32-year-old paralegal was killed after she was struck by a car that drove into a crowd of counter protesters during Saturday's (Aug. 12) deadly white supremacist rally.
Heyer was reportedly nervous about attending the rally, telling a friend, "'I want to go so badly but I don't want to get shot. I don't want to die.'
Her mother, Susan Bro, received a standing ovation after she delivered the eulogy which also served as a call to action.
"I want you to pay attention, find what's wrong ... and say to yourself, what can I do to make a difference?" Bro said. "And that's how you're going to make my child's death worthwhile…..I'd rather have my child, but by golly, if I've got to give her up, we're going to make it count."
The crowd of roughly 1,000 people included family, friends, strangers and dignitaries like Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and US Senator Tim Kaine, came together to remember the young woman who wanted equality and always spoke up for what she believed was right.
McAuliffe spoke to reporters after the service.
"We need to come together as Heather's mother spoke about," he said. "To make her life impactful, we need to move forward."
James Alex Fields, 20, is the Ohio man who allegedly drove into the crowd and ultimately took Heyer's life and injured dozens of others. He is facing one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failure to stop. He is being held without bail.
Watch above for Van Jones' interview with Constance, a survivor of the Charlottesville attack, and for a REVOLT TV special with Charlamagne Tha God and Mysonne discussing the tragedy.