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Heather Heyer’s mom: ‘Still so much healing to do’





CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The mother of a woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer has visited the site of the attack to mark the anniversary of her daughter’s death.

Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, embraced supporters Sunday in downtown Charlottesville. At one point, she asked the crowd to raise their fists in solidarity, and she laid flowers at a makeshift memorial.

Bro said there’s still ‘‘so much healing to do.’’ She said the city and the country have a ‘‘huge racial problem’’ and that if it’s not fixed, ‘‘we’ll be right back here in no time.’’

Bro also said the day was about more than just her daughter. She recognized the other victims of the attack, which injured dozens of people, and thanked the two Virginia state troopers killed in a helicopter crash for their sacrifice.

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Lt. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates died when their helicopter crashed while deployed as part of the response to last year’s violence.

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Susan Bro (right), mother of Heather Heyer, hugged a young woman near a makeshift memorial for her daughter Heather who was killed one year ago.

Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, arrives August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia at the spot where her daughter was killed a year ago during a violent extreme right rally. - Last year's protests in Charlottesville saw hundreds of neo-Nazi sympathizers, accompanied by rifle-carrying men, yelling white nationalist slogans and wielding flaming torches in scenes eerily reminiscent of racist rallies held in America's South before the Civil Rights movement. (Photo by Logan Cyrus / AFP)LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images

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At one point, Susan Bro asked the crowd to raise their fists in solidarity, and she laid flowers at a makeshift memorial.

Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, lays flowers August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia in memory of the state troopers who died last year as she arrives to the spot where her daughter was killed a year ago during a violent extreme right rally. - Last year's protests in Charlottesville saw hundreds of neo-Nazi sympathizers, accompanied by rifle-carrying men, yelling white nationalist slogans and wielding flaming torches in scenes eerily reminiscent of racist rallies held in America's South before the Civil Rights movement. (Photo by Logan Cyrus / AFP)LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images

LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images

Susan Bro also said the day was about more than just her daughter. She recognized the other victims of the attack, which injured dozens of people, and thanked the two Virginia state troopers killed in a helicopter crash for their sacrifice.




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