The woman who was killed when a driver rammed his car into a group of protesters demonstrating against a downtown Charlottesville white nationalist rally Saturday afternoon has been identified.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer identified the victim as 32-year-old Heather Heyer during an appearance on Meet The Press Sunday morning, according to NBC News.

A GoFundMe page set up to help her family has raised over $70,000, exceeding their goal of $50,000.

“She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her,” her mother said, according to the donation page.

Two Virginia state troopers, Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, also died in a helicopter crash near the demonstrations. State Police said in a statement that the helicopter was “assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation” when it crashed in a wooded area.

“Three people died who didn’t have to die,” Signer said. “So we’re praying for them and their families and loved ones.”

Signer also denounced President Donald Trump‘s actions during his campaign which Singer said preyed on people’s prejudices and divided the nation.

“The time has come for this to stop,” the mayor said. “This should be a turning point. This movement jumped the shark and it happened yesterday. People are dying and I do think that it’s now on the president and on all of us to say ‘enough is enough.’”

At least 26 people were taken to a local hospital from the rally and counter-protests, the Northwest Herald reports. At least 19 of those victims are believed to be injured in the car crash, according to the New York Times.

Police identified the driver as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, according to CNN, Washington Post and the Associated Press. He is being held for second-degree murder, …read more


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