CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — The mood in Charlottesville ahead of the anniversary of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally is one of remembrance as people continue putting flowers down and leaving messages in honor of Heather Heyer.
Heyer was killed last year during the “Unite the Right” rally when a man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. The suspect in the case was charged with federal hate crimes and could face the death penalty.
Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, spoke with 8News about her daughter’s memory and how she plans to handle the weekend.
“I cry when I have time but I’m so busy right now with interviews I don’t really have time to cry and that’s okay. I’m taking Monday,” Bro said.
Bro, along with residents in Charlottesville who spoke with 8News, agree that the fight for equal rights is not over.
Many people in the area are staying prepared, with some people telling 8News that they plan on avoiding the area this weekend.
Bro told 8News that her plans this weekend will be to focus on dealing with her tragic loss.
“I got people asking me to go to D.C. and New York on Monday and I’m like, ‘nope.’ Monday I need to recover. So, I may go home, crumple up into a ball for a few hours and then I’ll be okay.”
Despite this, Bro doesn’t want people to be afraid for the weekend.
There will be a heavy police presence in downtown Charlottesville this weekend, including 1000 officers with the national guard on standby.