New Street in Charlottesville: Heather Heyer Way

City renames portion of street in honor of victim of summer violence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 19, 2017 6:50 PM CST
Charlottesville to Rename Street for Woman Killed
In this Aug. 14, 2017 file photo, Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, holds a photo of Bro's mother and her daughter, in Charlottesville, Va.   (AP Photo/Joshua Replogle, File)

Just over four months after a young Charlottesville woman was killed when a car plowed into people protesting a white nationalist rally, the Virginia city will dedicate part of the street where she was marching in her honor. Charlottesville is holding a ceremony Wednesday morning to designate part of 4th Street, where the gray Dodge Challenger barreled into the crowd, "Honorary Heather Heyer Way." Among those slated to speak is Heyer's mother, Susan Bro. "This puts her death spot on the map, so to speak," Bro tells the AP. Heyer, a legal assistant described as a compassionate woman with a powerful sense of fairness, had taken to the streets with hundreds of others on Aug. 12 to decry what experts say was the country's biggest gathering of white nationalists in a decade.

The counterprotesters were making their way through downtown, singing songs and chanting triumphantly, about two hours after authorities had cleared the park where the rally was to take place.The attack sent bodies flying and sparked panic. A police detective testified last week that 35 other people were injured. The driver of the car, James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old Ohio man described as an admirer of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, was arrested and has been charged with murder and nine other felonies. Bro said she was the "first one in the courtroom and last one out" at Fields' preliminary hearing last week, where a judge agreed to upgrade a second-degree murder charge to first-degree murder at the request of prosecutors.

(Read more Charlottesville, Va. stories.)

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