Heather Heyer via Facebook
There is no more devastating experience than the loss of a child.
Heather's mother, Susan Bro, now knows just what that feels like. Her 32-year-old daughter was killed last Saturday when a car plowed into a group of people gathered in Charlottesville to protest the, now infamous, white nationalist rally. In addition to Heather's death, 34 other folks were injured — injured and killed in an effort to stand up and be seen.
Heather died because she dared to insist she be heard.
As a mother, can you imagine the heartbreak? Can you imagine the pride you'd feel for your child who believed so fervently in equality that she'd die for it?
A public memorial for Heather was held today; Susan had some important things to say about the loss of her child.
First, quoting Heather: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”
Second: "They tried to kill my child to shut her up, but guess what? You just magnified her."
And finally, the absolute gut punch: "I'd rather have my child, but by golly, if I had to give her up, we're gonna make it count."
And by golly, we are.
Heather, we see you. We hear you. We mourn you. We celebrate you.