In an interview with The Daily Beast, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was slain during the Unite the Right rally in Virginia when a car drove into a crowd of protesters, said she has her daughter's grave site hidden away so it cannot be disturbed by ill-intentioned white nationalists.
Bro said she chose to keep the location private to protect the workers there as well. This many months after her daughter's death, she still receives threats of violence from those who express their hatred for her and Heyer.
“It’s a symptom of hate in society that you should have to protect your child’s grave, for Pete’s sake,” says Bro. “So, I’m protecting my child now.”
In response to whether or not she holds President Donald Trump responsible in some way for her daughter's death, Bro said she believes she does.
“I’m starting to come to that conclusion because he definitely pushes forward a hateful agenda. There are family members that will possibly not have anything to do with me for saying so. Many family members are strong Trump supporters, and continue to be so despite everything they see.”
Bro has taken to activism in the wake of her daughter's death, seeking to help raise up the next generation of social justice leaders.
She relishes connecting with other civil-rights groups and learning how to be a social justice advocate. “I can’t see myself doing anything else. By that first Sunday I told my husband I could never go back to my other job. I don’t have the mind for it. My mind is wrapped in this now.”