Charlottesville Victim Was 32-Year-Old Virginia Woman

Heather Heyer was a paralegal at a local law firm
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2017 12:15 PM CDT
Charlottesville Victim Was 32-Year-Old Virginia Woman
Heather Heyer   (GoFundMe)

The woman killed Saturday during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has been identified as Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal at a local law firm, Newsweek reports. Heyer was part of a group of anti-racist protestors stuck by a car driven by James Fields Jr., a 20-year-old Ohio man who hours earlier was rallying alongside members of the white nationalist group Vanguard America, whose slogan is "blood and soil." In addition to killing Heyer, Fields injured at least 19 others. On Saturday, he was charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and failing to stop at a fatal accident, the Daily News reports. A GoFundMe page in memory of Heyer has raised nearly $100,000 for her family.

Two Virginia State troopers were also killed Saturday afternoon when a helicopter they were piloting crashed into a wooded area near Charlottesville, the Daily Progress reports. The helicopter was being used to assist in public-safety efforts at the rally. The two men have been identified as Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates. Both men died at the scene. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, but authorities say there is currently no indication of foul play. (More Charlottesville, Va. stories.)

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