On Monday evening, Charlottesville City Council voted to rename part of 4th Street “Heather Heyer Way” where Heyer, 32, was killed during the Unite the Right rally on August 12th.
A 20 year old man forcefully drove his car into a group of people protesting the white supremacists, killing Heyer and injuring 19 others. Heyer had pushed a young girl out of the way of the moving vehicle prior to getting hit.
The intersection where the incident occurred was closed for several weeks. During that time, the area served as a memorial where people honored Heyer’s life with flowers, candles, and messages.
Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, had the idea for the City Council to add a sign to 4th Street rather than commemorating Heyer’s life with a statue.
Heyer was a paralegal at a local Charlottesville firm and died fighting for what she believed in.
The honorary sign is expected to go into place sometime later this month.