Blake Shelton, Seth Meyers & More Stars Praise Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer's Mom for Her Powerful Eul
By Jackie Willis
Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, was adamant that her daughter's message of equality be carried forth after her death.
Heyer was killed on Saturday when a car rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. On Wednesday, her mother, Susan Bro, and her father, Mark Heyer, spoke at a public memorial for their daughter, that was attended by 1,000 people, many of whom were wearing Heyer's favorite color, purple.
"They tried to kill my child to shut her up -- well, guess what -- you just magnified her," Bro said as the crowd rose to its feet to give her a standing ovation. "Although Heather was a caring, compassionate, person, so are a lot of you. A lot of you go that extra mile. And I think the reason that what happened to Heather has struck a chord is because we know that what she did was achievable."
WATCH: Full remarks from Susan Bro, mother of Charlottesville car attack victim Heather Heyer https://t.co/m3gkZDF6Ks
Bro then encouraged those at the memorial and those watching on live streams to start a dialogue about the issues of inequality. "Find what's wrong, don't ignore it, don't look the other way," she said. "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."
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump caused a great deal of controversy when he addressed the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where protesters -- many bearing flaming torches, weapons and Nazi symbols -- marched to protest the town's removal of a statue of Confederate Army general Robert E. Lee.
Among those who spoke out in condemnation of the president's remarks were many in Hollywood, who took to social media to express their anger and dismay. Clay Aiken was one of the stars who took to Twitter to slam Trump's remarks and apologize for defending him in the past. Here's a look at the American Idol alum's tweets: