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Rest in Peace: 32-Year-Old Heather Heyer Identified As Charlottesville Car Attack Victim

The woman who died in the Charlottesville car attack has been identified as 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

via NYDN:

One man pumped the Virginia native’s chest and another held an oxygen mask to her face as state police clutched their rifles during the chaotic aftermath of the attack.

The crash impact left Heyer lying on the pavement alongside another bloodied victim who was wearing a black shirt emblazoned with words of protest.

Charlottesville Police Chief Alfred Thomas Jr. told reporters the woman was killed while crossing the street. She was among 20 people struck as the driver of a Dodge Challenger barreled down a narrow street teeming with counter-protesters.

The man believed behind the wheel, 20-year-old James Fields Jr., sped the mangled sports car away in reverse. He was arrested and charged in the attack, just hours after standing alongside members of the Vanguard America hate group during the rally.

It’s unclear if Heyer was with demonstrators protesting the white supremacist rally that ended a short time earlier.

Heyer’s last public Facebook post suggested she had a reason to be downtown Saturday.

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” wrote Heyer, quoting a popular political slogan a week after the 2016 presidential election.

Police did not immediately identify Heyer as the fatal victim in Saturday’s wreck.

“She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her,” said Heyer’s childhood friend Felicia Correa, who spoke on behalf of the victim’s mother.

The mother was not immediately identified.

Correa learned of Heyer’s death through her sister, another paralegal at the Charlottesville law firm.

“We grew up together. We lived on the same street, went to the same school, rode the bus together and played together,” Correa said.

GoFundMe webpage set up for Heyer’s family raised more than $121,000 in a few short hours after being set up early Sunday.

“Devastated at the loss of Heather Heyer. She was murdered for standing up against hate & bigotry. Prayers to her family,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted on Sunday.

Another family member, Keri Vivona, declined to comment when reached by the Daily News.

“Our family is trying to process this terrible tragedy,” she said.

Correa plans on paying tribute to Heyer with a candlelight vigil scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday at Emancipation Park.

Rest in Peace, Heather.

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