'Murdered while protesting hate': Tributes pour in for victim hit by car amid clashes in Virginia

'She died doing what was right. I am forever proud of her,' says victim's mother

Harriet Agerholm
Sunday 13 August 2017 20:22 BST
32-year-old paralegal was killed when a car ploughed into protesters
32-year-old paralegal was killed when a car ploughed into protesters

A 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected neo-Nazi ploughed a car into peaceful demonstrators in Charlottesville has been named as Heather Heyer.

A memorial fund set up for Ms Heyer's family had exceeded its target of $50,000 (£39,000) on Sunday afternoon, collecting $56,178 (£43,000).

Social media users have shared her final Facebook post, from 2016, which reads: "If you're not outraged you're not paying attention."

A statement from Ms Heyer's mother on the fundraising page said: "She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her."

Her friend Felicia Correa said Ms Heyer, who worked as a paralegal, was "murdered while protesting hate".

"She will truly be missed," she wrote on the GoFundMe page.

Dozens were injured when a group of white nationalists gathered to protest the city's decision to remove a Confederate monument.

It is thought to have been the largest gathering of its kind in a decade.

A state police helicopter crashed into the woods, leaving two troopers on board dead.

President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed “many sides” for the violent clashes, claiming that the “hatred and bigotry” broadcast across the country had taken root long before his presidential campaign.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for an explanation as to what Trump mean by "many sides."

Mr Trump's critics argue his racially-tinged rhetoric has exacerbated the nation's political tensions and encouraged racists

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, saying Mr Trump's campaign had fed the flames of prejudice.

Several Republicans pushed for a more explicit denunciation of white supremacists.

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