The Sift Here’s what we’re Sifting today

Heather Heyer remembered in Charlottesville memorial service

by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/17/17, 12:26 pm

More than 1,000 people gathered in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday night to remember Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed during violence at a white supremacist rally in the college town on Saturday. Heyer was marching peacefully with other counterprotesters when a white supremacist who came to the rally from Ohio drove his car into the crowd. During her daughter’s memorial service at the Paramount Theater, Susan Bro said anyone not outraged by current events isn’t paying attention: “And I want you to pay attention, find what’s wrong, don’t ignore it, don’t look the other way. You make a point to look at it and say to yourself, ‘What can I do to make a difference?’ and that’s how you’re going to make my child’s death worthwhile.” More than 100 people gathered outside the service to honor Heyer’s memory. Local officials attending the event included Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.


Read more from The Sift Sign up for The Sift email
Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

Read more from this writer
ADVERTISEMENT