“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” is the last Facebook post written by 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who lost her life on Saturday after a madman plummeted into a group of counter protesters at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
“She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her,” said Heyer’s childhood friend, Felicia Correa, who spoke on behalf of the victim’s mother.
A Charlottesville Police Chief told reporters that Heyer was killed while crossing the street. She was among 20 people struck by the driver of a Dodge Challenger speeding down a narrow street while purposely smashing into counter-protesters.
The killer has been identified as 20-year-old James Fields Jr. He was seen after the crash driving his mangled sports car away in reverse. He was arrested shortly after while standing alongside members of the Vanguard America hate group during the rally.
Fields was charged with second-degree murder, malicious wounding, and failure to stop an accident that resulted in death.
Another family member, Keri Vivona, declined to comment when reached out to by the Daily News.
“Our family is trying to process this terrible tragedy,” she said.
Take a look at a video of the crash below.
Take a look at some images from the violent rally that turned deadly.