"We know that what she did was achievable," Susan Bro said of her deceased daughter, who was recently killed when a car drove into a crowd protesting the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville. "We don't all have to die. We don't all have to sacrifice our lives."
But Bro was also very firm when she referred to those who participated in the white nationalist rally. "They tried to kill my child to shut her up," she told the 1,000 mourners attending Wednesday's service. "Well guess what? You just magnified her."
Her defiant memorial speech elicited rousing approval from those attending, further affirming that Heather's memory will be kept alive and that her voice will continue to be heard.
Heather Heyer will not have died in vain- I promise this - May she rest in peace as we now are Heather Heyer and we fight her fight.— (((PROG MAR))) (@Mary_Miskanis) August 16, 2017
An amazing speech by an amazing lady. Gives insight into who her brave daughter was— Susan Byrne (@Susan9587) August 16, 2017
I didn't know Heather, but I can see exactly where she got her bravery and conviction from.— Carrie D. Eepstate❄️ (@Mayne1Carrie) August 16, 2017
President Obama would have attended this funeral if he were still in office. But Trump's probably got a golf date.— KitnGal (@kitngal) August 16, 2017
Bro encouraged attendees to be brave and fight the good fight in honor of Heather. "You need to find it in your heart that small spark of accountability," she urged the crowd. "...You poke that finger at yourself like Heather would have done, and you make it happen. You take that extra step. You find a way to make a difference in the world."
Channeling her daughter's passion to combat injustice, Bro added, "I want this to spread, I don't want this to die. This is just the beginning of Heather's legacy."
Bro's strength and decorum after suffering a devastating loss is commendable and inspiring.
She told the Huffington Post, “I want her death to be a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion.”
I'm in tears right now, watching this.— Carrie Sweet (@CarrieSweet2017) August 16, 2017
May we all have the strength and determination that this brave woman shows in the face of her grief.