Heather Heyer Identified as Charlottesville Woman Reportedly Killed by James A. Fields

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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Police Have Identified and Arrested the Suspected Driver in Charlottesville Tragedy

Following the death of at least one person and injuries sustained by dozens, the man believed to have driven a car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia has been arrested by local police.

According to the Washington Post, the suspect in question is James Alex Fields Jr., the man to whom the vehicle is registered. Just 20 years old, Fields' arrest was confirmed by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent, Martin Kumer, and Fields is facing an extensive list of charges. He was reportedly booked by police for, “suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run.”

Fields, a registered Republican hailing from Maumee, Ohio, is believed to be the man behind the wheel of the Dodge Challenger that careened into a crowd of protesters in Virginia on Saturday. Video of the incident shows the despicable act in full detail, with the car sending bodies flying before crashing into other cars on the narrow street.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who declared a state of emergency to prepare for the escalating violence between protesters and counter-protesters over the weekend, spoke forcefully following the outburst of violence in his state. He was clear in placing the blame on the shoulders of white supremacists, who he insisted were not welcome in Virginia.

“You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot,” said McAuliffe. “You came here today to hurt people, and you did hurt people. My message is clear: We are stronger than you. You have made our commonwealth stronger. You will not succeed. There is no place for you here. There is no place for you in America.”

While McAuliffe was unequivocal in his condemnation of white supremacists, President Donald Trump was decidedly softer in his response to the tragedy, refusing to target any specific group in the aftermath of the incident. 

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms,” said Trump, “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides.”

Trump's statement on the incident was roundly criticized, especially after his response to the matter was delayed until Saturday afternoon, half a day after the initial rallies at Charlottesville were taking shape.

Fields is currently being held without bail. 

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