Heather Heyer’s murder rocked Charlottesville, Virginia, to the core in August, when James Fields Jr. allegedly plowed his Dodge Charger into the crowd.
Her death became a national conversation, as people on both sides of the political aisle called to denounce hate. But even though she’s gone, there are still those who seek to harm her memory.
Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, opened up about the reason she cannot have a public gravesite for her daughter.
During an interview with the Daily Beast, Bro expressed why she made the decision:
Heather Heyer’s ashes are interred in a safe place, says her mother Susan Bro, at an unmarked, undisclosed, “completely protected” location.
This site cannot be publicly known because of all those extremists who profess their hatred for Heyer and Bro, and who convey their continued threats of violence toward Bro and others of Heyer’s family. The location is also secret to protect those who work there, says Bro.
She visits Heyer there in peace, and other members of the family and close friends have been to the location, or will be told in time where the place is and taken there.
“It’s a symptom of hate in society that you should have to protect your child’s grave, for Pete’s sake,” says Bro. “So, I’m protecting my child now.”
Since the tragedy, Bro has also received death threats, according to an interview on MSNBC.
Four months after Heyer was taken from her, Bro is helping Heyer’s memory live on through a foundation that awards scholarships to those focused on social change. She is currently the chairman of the board of the Heather Heyer Foundation.