The woman who died during weekend protests in Charlottesville, Va., has been identified as Heather Heyer, a paralegal.
A Dodge Challenger rammed into a group of protesters as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally on Saturday. Heyer, 32, was killed as she crossed the street.
Heyer was taken to UVA Hospital, where she was declared dead, according to a press release from the city of Charlottesville.
She “was struck down by a vehicle while exercising her peaceful First Amendment right to speech,” a statement said. “This senseless act of violence rips a hole in our collective hearts.”
White nationalists descended on the city to “take America back” by rallying against plans to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
Hundreds came to protest against the racism. The New York Daily News reported that it was not clear whether Heyer was with the demonstrators counter-protesting.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted that Heyer “died standing up against hate & bigotry.”
Heyer’s cover photo on Facebook from Nov. 19, 2016, says, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”