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Deceased Charlottesville Protester Heather Heyer’s Mother Delivers Defiant Memorial Speech

Deceased Charlottesville Protester Heather Heyer’s Mother Delivers Defiant Memorial Speech
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Updated 11 months ago

Heather Heyer's mother was composed and eloquent in her eulogy for her daughter's memorial.

"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.

Bro's stirring speech resonated with those not at the funeral as well:

Some couldn't help but reference Trump in their tweets:

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.”

Based on the reactions to her mother's speech, the fight for social justice has been ignited with a brighter intensity in Heather's name.