Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville, Virginia terror attack victim Heather Heyer, spoke out in an impassioned speech on Wednesday at her daughter’s memorial service.
During the tribute to her daughter, Bro revealed the reason she believes her daughter was killed, and explained what Heyer’s death really meant.
“I think the reason that what happened to Heather has struck a chord is because we know that what she did is achievable,” Bro explained. “We don’t all have to die. We don’t all have to sacrifice our lives. They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what, you just magnified her.”
Heyer was the one fatality that occurred after a vehicle rammed a group of counter-protesters at during Saturday’s white nationalist rally.
Bro added that Heyer died “fighting for what she believed in,” and urged Americans in a call to action to continue Heyer’s legacy.
“[This] is just the beginning of Heather’s legacy,” she said.
She added, “You need to find in your heart that small spark of accountability. You poke that finger at yourself like Heather would’ve done, and you make it happen. You take that extra step. You find a way to make a difference in the world.”
Calling for peace in the United States, Bro continued, “We are going to have our differences, we are going to be angry with each other. But let’s channel that anger not into hate, not into violence, not into fear — but let’s channel that difference, that anger, into righteous anger.”
“I’d rather have my child, but by golly if I gotta give her up, we’re going to make it count,” Bro concluded.
See Bro’s full remarks in the video below.
WATCH: Full remarks from Susan Bro, mother of Charlottesville car attack victim Heather Heyer https://t.co/m3gkZDF6Ks
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