Susan Bro, the devastated mother of slain Charlottesville, Virginia, counterprotester Heather Heyer, delivered an inspiring speech on Wednesday in honor of her beloved daughter.
Heyer, 32, was killed on Saturday when a 20-year-old Nazi-sympathizer, James Alex Fields Jr., plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters during a heated, white nationalist rally.
At least 19 others were inured during the incident.Screenshot/Twitter
But Bro hasn’t stayed quiet after losing her daughter — she’s making sure that people hear Heyer’s message loud and clear.
At an emotional service held for Heyer on Wednesday, Bro emphasized that she wanted her daughter’s loss to have an impact. According to Rolling Stone, Bro said:
“This is just the beginning of Heather’s legacy — this is not the end of Heather’s legacy. You need to find in your heart that small spark of accountability. ‘What is there I can do to make the world a better place? What injustice do I see?’ …
You poke that finger at yourself like Heather would have done. You take that extra step. You find a way to make a difference in the world.”
Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro just gave a stirring speech at her memorial service
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) August 16, 2017
It was an important moment for the heartbroken mother, but now she says that she’s getting death threats for speaking out on her daughter’s behalf.
On Thursday, Bro revealed to MSNBC:
“I’ve had death threats already … because of what I’m doing right this second.”
According to The Washington Post, Bro said that the white nationalists feared her because she was actively working to spread her daughter’s message of peace:
“Talk is fear to them. I don’t know why. Talk is fear.”
But it seems their harsh threats aren’t enough to keep Bro from speaking publicly.Screenshot/MSNBC
On Friday, the mother had some harsh words for the president.
The Trump administration has actively worked to get in touch with the grieving mother, but Bro said in a candid interview with “Good Morning America” on Friday that she had no desire to talk to President Donald Trump.
The mother said that she had missed several calls from press secretaries on Wednesday asking her to get in contact with Trump, according to CNN.
"Have you talked to [Pres. Trump] directly yet?" – @RobinRoberts
"I have not and now I will not." – Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer pic.twitter.com/TlqplPyi3J
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 18, 2017
But after seeing the president blame “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville during on Tuesday, she decided not to return the calls:
“I’m not talking to the President now. I’m sorry. After what he said about my child, and it’s not that I saw somebody else’s tweets about him. I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters like Ms. (Heather) Heyer with the KKK and the white supremacists.”
Her advice to President Trump? “Think before you speak,” Bro said.
Looks like Bro won’t stop fighting for what she thinks will honor her daughter any time soon — regardless of whether or not people threaten her.