The mother of a woman killed when a auto plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer said Sunday there's much healing to do a year after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Bro's visit this weekend to the place where her daughter, Heather Heyer, 32, died is emblematic of her grit and the objective she found after the violent episode that shocked Charlottesville and the nation.
"This is where I feel a connection to Heather", Susan Bro said while visiting that area on 4th Street, now renamed "Honorary Heather Heyer Way", with ABC News' Eva Pilgrim. "And, frankly, my new motto for myself is, suck it up, buttercup".
A woman writes on a wall ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 11, 2018. Those who knew the suspect said he held extreme views and a fascination with Nazism.
Bro also explained why she's keeping the location of her daughter's grave hidden. That's how she died, and that's how she'll make sure her legacy lives on. She doesn't want Nazis trampling other people's graves or defacing Heather's.
Several students said they were angry that the police response was far larger this year compared with last year, when people carrying tiki torches the white nationalist rally went mostly unchecked. "And I'm calling b.s. on that". On Sunday afternoon, she plans to bring flowers to the spot where her daughter was killed. He said then that there were "very fine people, on both sides", and later, "blame on both sides". "It has to be a heart movement".
Several events are scheduled in Charlottesville to observe what happened a year ago and promote racial healing.
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On Wednesday, Gov. Ralph Northam and the city both declared states of emergency, citing the "potential impacts of events" in Charlottesville during the anniversary weekend. But 115 miles (185 kilometers) away in Washington, the principal organizer of last year's "Unite the Right" event will hold a "white civil rights rally", and police are preparing for counterprotesters.
Facing another round of accusations of bigotry and approaching the one-year anniversary of the deadly white nationalist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has in recent days gone on the offensive, arguing that he is the president of "ALL Americans". Numerous planned community events will promote peaceful messages, including a gathering in honor of counterprotester Heather Heyer, who was run over by a suspected neo-Nazi sympathizer. Don't let your guard down. "You need to lay low".
The authorities had promised an enormous police presence to keep white supremacists and counter-protesters apart, and to avoid brawls.
"We have a huge racial problem in our city and our country", Bro said. "And it definitely snapped our heads around".
On Sunday morning in Charlottesville, a crowd of more than 200 people gathered in a park to protest racism and mark the anniversary of last year's violent confrontation with neo-Nazis and white supremacists. "I thought it'd be important for her to see what it looks like to speak out".
"It's not all about Heather.it never was", Bro told the crowd.