Authorities have identified the woman reportedly killed by James A. Fields Jr. during Saturday’s white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia as 32-year-old Heather Heyer. According to Charlottesville Police Chief Alfred Thomas Jr., Heyer was crossing the street when Fields allegedly struck her and dozens of others with his Dodge Challenger after he participated in the rally.
Friends and family members of Heyer said she was a paralegal with the Miller Law Group in Charlottesville. A GoFundMe page opened in Heyer’s name has raised over $57,000, and while law officials have yet to confirm if Heyer was a part of Saturday’s counter-protests, those responsible for the page indicated she was.
“Heather Heyer was murdered while protesting against hate,” the page reads. “We are raising money to give to her family for anything that they may need. The family is aware of this and is in complete charge of when and where the funds will be released. She is a Greene County native and graduated from William Monroe High School. Her mother (whom I will not name until she is ready) said, ‘She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.’”
Heyer changed her Facebook cover photo in November to read, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” The quote was widely assumed to be related to the friction caused in the area by neo-Confederates and white supremacists agitating against removing and renaming multiple Confederate memorials in the area.
James A. Fields Jr. has reportedly been held without bail and booked for malicious wounding, suspicion of second-degree murder, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run.
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