The woman who was mowed down and killed at an anti-fascist rally in Virginia has been identified as Heather Heyer.
Heyer, 32, was protesting hate-fueled white supremacist march in Charlottesville on Saturday when James Alex Fields Jr, of Maumee, Ohio, allegedly plowed his vehicle into the crowd, killing her and injuring 19 others.
Fields Jr, who is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, has since been charged with second-degree murder.
'She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her,' Heyer's mother, who has not been named, wrote on a GoFundMe Page set up for the family.
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The woman who was mowed down and killed at an anti-fascist rally in Virginia has been identified as Heather Heyer (left and right)
The Dodge Challenger (pictured), which is registered to Fields, plowed into counter protesters, killing one woman and hospitalizing 19 others, as violence erupted at a rally where thousands of white nationalists gathered for an alt-right event in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. Police said a total of 35 people were treated for injuries
Witnesses said the car was traveling up to 40 miles an hour when it hit and reversed before ramming into the crowd again and speeding off with someone's shoe attached to its bumper
Heyer, a paralegal with the Miller Law Group PC in Virginia, was a native of Greene County and graduated from William Monroe High School.
Her social media reveals she was passionate about social justice and her final public Facebook post, from 2016, read: 'If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.'
She also appears to have been a Bernie Sanders supporter.
Her friend Felicia Correa said Heyer 'was murdered while protesting against hate.'
'She will truly be missed,' she wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Friends and family of Heyer are asking anyone who knew her to stand outside their homes at 10 EST Sunday with lit candles in a show of opposition against racism and fascism in her memory.
Others on Twitter have pledged to 'keep fighting' against fascism and racism in Heyer's memory.
Charlottesville Police Chief Alfred Thomas Jr. told reporters Heyer was killed while crossing the street after Fields Jr plowed his Dodge Challenger into the protesters.
Heyer, a paralegal with the Miller Law Group PC in Virginia, was a native of Greene County and graduated from William Monroe High School
Her social media reveals she was passionate about social justice and her final public Facebook post, from 2016, read: 'If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.' She also appears to have been a Bernie Sanders supporter
Despite the efforts of those on the scene to revive her, she died.
Both the FBI and federal prosecutors announced a civil rights investigation, following Texas Sen Ted Cruz's call for the Justice Department to launch a 'domestic terrorism' probe into the deadly crash.
Video of the Dodge Challenger, which is registered to Fields, showed the driver accelerating into the crowd throwing bodies into the air as people scream before reversing at high speed.
The incident killed a 32-year-old woman, whose identity has not been released by authorities pending her family's notification. Fields was apprehended and arrested a few blocks away from the bloody scene.
According to the jail's superintendent, Martin Kumer, Fields was also booked on suspicion of malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run. Kumer said Fields is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
James Alex Fields Jr (left and right), of Maumee, Ohio, was arrested on Saturday after he 'intentionally drove his vehicle into a crowd of anti-fascists at white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring 19 others' in Charlottesville, Virginia
Fields (pictured next to the Challenger) was apprehended and is currently in police custody. He was arrested a few blocks away from the bloody scene
The deadly crash came after violent clashes erupted as hundreds of white supremacists including armed militias marched into Charlottesville sparking violent confrontations with counter-protesters.
Police cleared the scene with tear gas but the violence continued. Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said a total of 35 people had been treated for injuries, 14 of those were from individual engagements on the streets.
Horrifying video from the scene of the attack showed the silver muscle car speeding towards a group of fleeing anti-fascist protesters.
Another clip showed the vehicle ramming into the crowd at high speed and victims crying out in pain as they desperately sought medical help.
Witnesses said the car was traveling up to 40mph when it hit and reversed before ramming into the crowd again and speeding off with someone's shoe attached to its bumper.
Photos that recently emerged showed Fields marching with a racist, right-wing group known as Vanguard America.
The white supremacist group opposes multiculturalism and believes America is an exclusively white nation.
Vanguard America has released a statement claiming that Fields was not an official member.
It said: 'The driver of the vehicle that hit counter protesters today was, in no way, a member of Vanguard America. All our members had been safely evacuated by the time of the incident. The shields seen do not denote membership, nor does the white shirt. The shields were freely handed out to anyone in attendance, All our members are safe and accounted for, with no arrests or charges.'
James Alex Fields Jr (far left with glasses), of Maumee, Ohio, was arrested on Saturday after he 'intentionally drove his vehicle into a crowd of anti-fascists at white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring 19 others' in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photos of Fields at the march showed him marching with racist right-wing group Vanguard America
Fields is being held without bail at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail
Rescue personnel help an injured woman after a car ran into a large group of counter protesters. There were several hundred people marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them
Rescue personnel help an injured man after the car drove into a large group of protesters after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville
Local police reported there were multiple injures and three vehicles were involved in the crash. Pictured: The two vehicles that were rammed into by a Dodge Challenger
Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe strongly condemned all of the so-called 'patriotic' white nationalists during a press conference Saturday evening.
'Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth,' McAuliffe proclaimed. 'You are not patriots. You came here today to hurt people and that is not patriotic,' McAuliffe added.
President Donald Trump admonished the day's tragic events, saying in a press conference: 'We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence, on many sides... The hate and division must stop, and must stop right now.'
But Trump's failed attempt to condemn the act as terrorism was met with harsh criticism.
Republican strategist Ana Navarro commented on Trump's statement and said: 'This is not 'many sides'. It's White Supremacist Terrorism. The President of the United States does not have the spine to say so. Shameful.'
Other Republican leaders like Florida Sen Marco Rubio called out the president for not describing the events in Charlottesville for what they were, 'a terror attack by #whitesupremacists'.
Cruz immediately called for the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute the individual responsible for the 'terrorist' act.
Late Saturday night, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said racial bigotry and hatred 'cannot be tolerated'.
Trump took a break from his time in Bedminister to tweet about the violence, saying: 'We have to respect each other, ideally we have to love each other.'
He tweeted that 'we ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for.' He then wrote 'There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!'
The White House was silent for hours about the clashes except for a solitary tweet from First Lady Melania Trump. The president has received previous criticism for being slow to condemn acts of hate done in his name.
And though the White House may have been slow to condemn the hateful acts, Gov McAuliffe gave a powerful speech in which he said all of the so-called 'patriotic' white nationalists are not wanted in the United States.
'My message is clear we are stronger than you. You will not succeed,' he said. 'There is no place for you here and there is no place for you in America.'
McAuliffe also said he spoke to the president on Saturday following the horrific acts of violence in Virginia.
'I told the president that there has got to be a movement in this country to bring us together,' he said.
McAuliffe said he told the president that he's willing to 'work with him to stop the hate speech and the bigotry in this country'.
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The day was met with more tragedy, when a Virginia State Police helicopter, carrying Lieutenant H Jay Cullen (left), 48, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates. Police confirmed that they both died at the scene
A 10-second video posted to Twitter and filmed on a golf course shows thick black smoke rising from behind the trees. There were no other injuries and the cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time by state police, the FFA and NTSB
People were heard screaming and crying in the aftermath of the smash, as blood was splattered on a car's windshield and victims were desperately calling out for medical help
Upsetting video footage of the vehicle ramming into the crowd, described by some as a terror attack, was uploaded online moments after the fatal collision
A vehicle reverses after driving into a group of protesters demonstrating against the day's white nationalist rally
There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them and police said the crash happened near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets
Samantha Bloom, the mother of Fields, told The Blade that her son texted her Friday to say he had dropped his cat off at her Monclova Township apartment so he could go to an 'alt-right' rally in Virginia. 'I told him to be careful,' Bloom said. '[And] if they're going to rally to make sure he's doing it peacefully'
Witnesses said moments before the car plowed into the crowd, a counter-protester had allegedly thrown a rock at the car, causing the driver to swivel around and ram into people and two cars in its way.
There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them and police said the crash happened near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets.
Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said counter-protesters were marching when 'suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound'.
The silver sedan smashed into another car, then backed up, plowing through 'a sea of people'. People scattered, running for safety in different directions, he said.
Witness Nic McCarthy told C-VILLE Weekly: 'There was someone in a dark vehicle that sped, very quickly, down this road and rammed into the crowd.
'People... He backed up and he went back in again.'
McCarthy added: 'There was a girl that was caught and she was trying to get up and it ran over her again. I hope the cops catch these terrorists.'
Another witness claimed the act was intentional. He
Samantha Bloom, the mother of Fields, told The Blade that her son texted her Friday to say he had dropped his cat off at her Monclova Township apartment so he could go to an 'alt-right' rally in Virginia.
'I told him to be careful,' Bloom said. '[And] if they're going to rally to make sure he's doing it peacefully.'
There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them
A witness claimed the act was intentional. He said : 'Yeah, it was intentional.About 40 miles an hour, hit about 15-20 people, crashed into the two cars in front of it, and then backed up and sped away while cops were standing on the side of the road and didn't do anything'
President Trump admonished the day's tragic events, saying in a press conference: 'We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence, on many sides... The hate and division must stop, and must stop right now'
President Trump admonished the day's outcome, tweeting: 'Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!'
Trump added: 'We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!'
First Lady Melania Trump tweeted: 'Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence'
On Saturday evening Trump followed up with this tweet in which he sent his 'deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today'
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer announced the death on Twitter. He wrote: 'I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will - go home.'
In addition to the dozens of people hurt in the accident, at least 15 people were already being treated for their injures during other destructive clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters at Emancipation Park before the controversial Unite the Right rally.
The day was met with more tragedy, when a Virginia State Police helicopter, carrying two officers, crashed inside city limits and thick black smoke was seen rising from behind the trees.
Lieutenant H Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Virginia, was piloting the aircraft. The other occupant was Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, Virginia. Police confirmed that they both died at the scene.
There were no other injuries and the cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time by state police, the FFA and NTSB.
A counter demonstrator uses a lighted spray can against a white nationalist demonstrator at the entrance to Lee Park
Thousands of white supremacists took to the streets of Charlottesville for the Unite the Right rally on Saturday
A white supremacist wore a World War II German helmet upon his arrival to the violent rally
During Saturday evening's press conference, Charlottesville Police Chief Thomas, confirmed that a total of 35 people had been treated for injuries, 14 of those came from individual engagements on the streets.
Nine pedestrians were treated with injuries that ranged from 'life-threatening to minor' after the car plowed through the crowd.
Thomas said the 32-year-old woman was struck by the vehicle as she was crossing the street. He didn't release any information on the woman pending her family's notification.
He said the incident is still under investigation and will be investigated as a criminal homicide.
The organizer of the white nationalist rally, Richard Spencer, who is the head of the white nationalist National Policy Institute, told DailyMail.com that he and his supporters will continue to demonstrate in the city despite the violent clashes with counter-protesters.
'We're going to be back here, and we're going to humiliate all of these people who opposed us,' Spencer said in an interview with DailyMail.com.
'We'll be back here 1,000 times if necessary,' he added. 'I always win. Because I have the will to win, I keep going until I win.'
His comments were a sharp rebuke to McAuliffe, who demanded that the white nationalist demonstrators leave the Virginia on Saturday after declaring a 'state of emergency' due to the chaos.
Spencer, 39, is a long-time leader in the white nationalist movement, but has come to national prominence in recent months.
He was an organizer for the event along with Jason Kessler, a journalist and vocal figure in the 'alt-right' movement.
Texas Sen Ted Cruz weighed in on the deadly crash and violent scene in Charlottesville, calling it 'repulsive and evil'. He also urged the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute Saturday's 'act of domestic terrorism'
Meanwhile, Arizona Sen John McCain called the white supremacists 'traitors' to their country
Florida Sen Marco Rubio called out the president for not describing the events in Charlottesville for what they are, 'a terror attack by #whitesupremacists'
Spencer drew nation-wide criticism for a speech he gave after the 2016 presidential election, during which he chanted 'Hail Trump!' as some audience members gave Nazi salutes. He is also a vocal advocate of creating a white 'ethno-state'.
Spencer said his organization is not planning additional public rallies this weekend but is preparing to hold