Richmond Remembers Charlottesville
1 year ago
Heather Heyer, a Charlottesville legal assistant who died "doing what was right" when she was struck by a car in an apparently willful act of terroristic violence while she was counterprotesting a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville. As David S. of Richmond puts it in his Guest Book entry: "The whole world feels your pain."
H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, both troopers who died when their helicopter crashed during surveillance of the Charlottesville protests. Trooper Cullen had 20-years of experience flying for the Virginia State Police, and the 48-year-old father of two was the "greatest son a person could ever have." Berke Bates, who died one day shy of his 41st birthday, was new to the aviation unit, but well-known to the law enforcement community. Both men were part of an elite team that worked closely with Virginia governor Terry McCauliffe, who shared that: “The two state troopers we lost yesterday was personal to me. We were very close.”
All three deaths have touched a resonant chord for those who've suffered tragedies in their area. Nancy Woodwell-Freedman of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, expressed the following in her condolence message: Prayers, thoughts & deepest condolences go out to the family, friends & associates of Heather Heyer, an American hero for the cause of peace, anti-hatred & anti-racism. Prayers & condolences also for the loved ones of the two Police officers killed in the line of duty protecting their community. Prayers also for the speedy and complete recovery of those injured. May the three deceased heros rest in eternal peace and may the perpetual light shine upon them.