On Wednesday, a memorial service was held for Heather Heyer, the woman killed by a car speeding through counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Aired live on television, the service climaxed with a eulogy given by Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother.
Bro was able to keep a relatively positive tone for the bulk of her speech, noting the impact that her daughter’s death will have.
“This could be a storm in a teacup and it could all be for nothing,” she said. “I could have said let’s don’t do this publicly, let’s have a small, private funeral, but that’s not who Heather was. Anybody who knew Heather said, ‘yep, this is the way she had to go, big and large.’ Had to have the world involved, because that’s my child, she’s just that way, always has been.”
Bro closed with a remark that quickly echoed across social media, explaining how killing her daughter backfired on white supremacists.
“I think the reason that what happened to Heather has struck a chord because we know that what she did is achievable,” she said. “We don’t all have to die, we don’t all have to sacrifice our lives. They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her!”