An online fundraiser for the family of Heather Heyer, killed in Charlottesville on Saturday when a car plowed through a group of pedestrians, has raised nearly $200,000 – exceeding by four times its original goal.
Donations continue to pour in to the Go Fund Me account. The link is here.
First person: “This is not my Charlottesville”
“Heather Heyer was murdered while protesting against hate,” wrote the account creator, Felicia Venita Correa. “We are raising money to give to her family for anything that they may need. The family is aware of this and is in complete charge of when and where the funds will be released. She is a Greene County native and graduated from William Monroe High School. Her mother (whom I will not name until she is ready) said “She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her. She will truly be missed.”
The banner image on Heyer’s Facebook page spoke of civic engagement:
President Donald Trump addressed Heyer’s death without naming her via Twitter, writing: Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!”
Authorities arrested James Alex Fields, 20, of Ohio, and charged him with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death.
The Associated Press reports three other arrests stemming from Saturday’s mayhem in Charlottesville where people protesting the removal of a statue of CSA Gen. Robert E. Lee clashed with counter protesters. Troy Dunigan, 21, of Chattanooga, was charged with disorderly conduct; Jacob L. Smith, 21, of Louisa, Va, was charged with assault and battery; and James M. O’Brien, 44, of Gainesville, Fla. was charged with carrying a concealed handgun.
Trump blamed “many sides” for inciting the violence in a statement on Saturday, an equivocation that’s drawn criticism from across the political spectrum. Here are comments from Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, once Trump’s rival for the presidential nomination and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder:
This Twitter user posted a graphic response to Trump’s “many sides” remark:
“We agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now,” Trump said during remarks issued from his New Jersey resort. “We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection for each other,” he said. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time.”
He also called for a swift return of law and order. Here are some excerpts from the statement, posted on Trump’s Twitter feed:
At Marietta First United Methodist Church Sunday morning, Rev. Brian Smith alluded to Saturday’s violence and the incendiary rhetoric preceding its deadly outcome during his pastoral prayer.
Noting that Jesus ministered to “people who didn’t look like him” and urged his followers to a spirit of grace, Smith said, “Jesus in the face of violence calls his followers to put down the sword. We see and we hear of racism, injustice and hateful words and actions. We pray that all your children, all nations and leaders might embody the spirit of Christ.”