As the second annual Unite the Right rally is set to begin, this time in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., Charlottesville streets are covered in chalk messages remembering a life they lost at last year’s rally.
32-year-old Heather Heyer attended the first ever Unite the Right event in Charlottesville, Virginia last August to counterprotest, when a car drove into the crowd, injuring dozens and killing Heyer.
“Heather denounced any type of discrimination. She stood up for gay rights and just anything she felt like was wrong, she stood for,” Heyer’s friend Courtney Commander told NPR last year.
This weekend, people are pouring into Charlottesville to leave chalk messages for Heyer in the place of her death, remembering her message and honoring her life.
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“The black community and the people of color in Charlottesville have been battling this for many years,” Heyer’s mother Susan Bro told NPR.
“But a white girl dies and suddenly everybody goes, ‘Oh my God we’ve got a problem.’”