Heather Heyer

Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old Virginia paralegal, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, after being struck by a car in an apparently willful act of terroristic violence while she was counterprotesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer identified Heyer the following day during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Our hearts are grieving right now,” Signer said. “Three people died who didn’t need to die.”

Two Virginia state troopers, Lt. Jay Cullen and pilot Berke Bates, also were killed when their helicopter crashed south of Charlottesville while on patrol during the rally.

Heyer was a 2003 graduate of William Monroe High School in Stanardsville, Virginia. She was working as a legal assistant at Miller Law Group in Charlottesville.

“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 to the Daily News on behalf of the victim’s mother.

Jess Stafford, a 2004 graduate of William Monroe High, told USA Today: “We are all a part of a very tight knit community. Our entire town is mourning her loss and surrounding her family with our love and condolences.”

Friends raised almost $225,000 in support of Heyer's family after setting up a GoFundMe page.

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