Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

The mother of a woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer said Sunday there’s much healing to do a year after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, visited the site of the attack on Sunday afternoon. She laid flowers at a makeshift memorial and addressed a crowd that gathered around her in downtown Charlottesville, thanking them for coming to remember her daughter but also acknowledging the dozens of others injured and the two state troopers killed when a helicopter crashed that day.

“There’s so much healing to do,” Bro said. “We have a huge racial problem in our city and in our country. We have got to fix this or we’ll be right back here in no time.”

The vigil was one in a series of largely peaceful community events held in Charlottesville over the weekend to mark the one-year anniversary of the rally, one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists and other far-right extremists in a decade. (AP)

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<p>Susan Bro (R), mother of Heather Heyer, hugs a young woman near a makeshift memorial for her daughter Heather who was killed one year ago during a deadly clash, August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Jackson. A “Unite the Right” rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for today in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Susan Bro (R), mother of Heather Heyer, hugs a young woman near a makeshift memorial for her daughter Heather who was killed one year ago during a deadly clash, August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Jackson. A “Unite the Right” rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for today in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Protesters gather at an event on the campus of the University of Virginia organized by the group Students Act Against White Supremacy marking the one year anniversary of a deadly clash between white supremacists and counter protesters August 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. A ‘Unite the Right’ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for tomorrow in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Protesters gather at an event on the campus of the University of Virginia organized by the group Students Act Against White Supremacy marking the one year anniversary of a deadly clash between white supremacists and counter protesters August 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. A ‘Unite the Right’ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for tomorrow in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Members of the Charlottesville community gather near a makeshift memorial for Heather Heyer, who was killed one year ago during a deadly clash, August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Jackson. A “Unite the Right” rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Members of the Charlottesville community gather near a makeshift memorial for Heather Heyer, who was killed one year ago during a deadly clash, August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Jackson. A “Unite the Right” rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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<p>Susan Bro (C), mother of Heather Heyer, arrives at a makeshift memorial for her daughter Heather who was killed one year ago during a deadly clash, August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Jackson. A ‘Unite the Right’ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for today in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Susan Bro (C), mother of Heather Heyer, arrives at a makeshift memorial for her daughter Heather who was killed one year ago during a deadly clash, August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Jackson. A ‘Unite the Right’ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for today in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Susan Bro (C), mother of Heather Heyer, arrives at a makeshift memorial for her daughter Heather who was killed one year ago during a deadly clash, August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Jackson. A ‘Unite the Right’ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for today in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Susan Bro (C), mother of Heather Heyer, arrives at a makeshift memorial for her daughter Heather who was killed one year ago during a deadly clash, August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Jackson. A ‘Unite the Right’ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for today in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Police detain a protester at the site where Heather Heyer was killed, on the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder – RC1D004F6340 </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Police detain a protester at the site where Heather Heyer was killed, on the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder – RC1D004F6340

<p>Susan Bro gestures at the site where her daughter Heather Heyer was killed, on the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder – RC1BE2B43B20 </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Susan Bro gestures at the site where her daughter Heather Heyer was killed, on the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder – RC1BE2B43B20

<p>Susan Bro (R), mother of Heather Heyer, hugs a young woman near a makeshift memorial for her daughter Heather who was killed one year ago during a deadly clash, August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Jackson. A ‘Unite the Right’ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for today in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Susan Bro (R), mother of Heather Heyer, hugs a young woman near a makeshift memorial for her daughter Heather who was killed one year ago during a deadly clash, August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Jackson. A ‘Unite the Right’ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for today in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Protesters with a group known as “Antifa”, or anti-fascists, link arms at an event on the campus of the University of Virginia organized by the group Students Act Against White Supremacy marking the one year anniversary of a deadly clash between white supremacists and counter protesters August 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. A ‘Unite the Right’ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for tomorrow in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Protesters with a group known as “Antifa”, or anti-fascists, link arms at an event on the campus of the University of Virginia organized by the group Students Act Against White Supremacy marking the one year anniversary of a deadly clash between white supremacists and counter protesters August 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. A ‘Unite the Right’ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for tomorrow in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Mourners embrace each other as they remember Heather Heyer who was killed during last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. On that day, white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed in the city streets before a car driven into a crowd struck and killed Heyer. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Mourners embrace each other as they remember Heather Heyer who was killed during last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. On that day, white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed in the city streets before a car driven into a crowd struck and killed Heyer. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP)

<p>Susan Bro is embraced at the site where her daughter Heather Heyer was killed, on the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2018. (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Susan Bro is embraced at the site where her daughter Heather Heyer was killed, on the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2018. (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters)

<p>Virginia State Police guard the statue of Confederate Robert E. Lee on August 12, 2018 in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, on the one-year anniverary of the violent Unite the Right rally that left one person dead and dozens injured. – Last year’s protests in Charlottesville saw hundreds of neo-Nazi sympathizers, accompanied by rifle-carrying men, yelling white nationalist slogans and wielding flaming torches in scenes eerily reminiscent of racist rallies held in America’s South before the Civil Rights movement. (Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Virginia State Police guard the statue of Confederate Robert E. Lee on August 12, 2018 in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, on the one-year anniverary of the violent Unite the Right rally that left one person dead and dozens injured. – Last year’s protests in Charlottesville saw hundreds of neo-Nazi sympathizers, accompanied by rifle-carrying men, yelling white nationalist slogans and wielding flaming torches in scenes eerily reminiscent of racist rallies held in America’s South before the Civil Rights movement. (Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A couple hold hands as the participate in prayers at the intersection where Heather Heyer was killed last year as they mark the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. On that day, white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed in the city streets before a car driven into a crowd struck and killed Heyer. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

A couple hold hands as the participate in prayers at the intersection where Heather Heyer was killed last year as they mark the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. On that day, white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed in the city streets before a car driven into a crowd struck and killed Heyer. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP)

<p>Protesters with the group Students Act Against White Supremacy speak on the campus of the University of Virginia during an event marking the one year anniversary of a deadly clash between white supremacists and counter protesters August 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. A ÒUnite the RightÓ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for tomorrow in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Protesters with the group Students Act Against White Supremacy speak on the campus of the University of Virginia during an event marking the one year anniversary of a deadly clash between white supremacists and counter protesters August 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as the city braces for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white supremacist forces and counter protesters over the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. A ÒUnite the RightÓ rally featuring some of the same groups is planned for tomorrow in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Men hold confederate flags in front of a statue of Robert E. Lee at Emancipation park prior to the Unite the Right Rally on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo: Jason Andrew/Getty Images) </p>
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago

Men hold confederate flags in front of a statue of Robert E. Lee at Emancipation park prior to the Unite the Right Rally on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo: Jason Andrew/Getty Images)

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