Mother of Heather Heyer speaks in Newport News

Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, holds a photo of Bro's mother and her daughter, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. Heyer was killed Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, when police say a man plowed his car into a group of demonstrators protesting the white nationalist rally. Bro said that she is going to bare her soul to fight for the cause that her daughter died for. (AP Photo/Joshua Replogle)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia mother who was thrust into the national spotlight after the death of her daughter in Charlottesville has come to Hampton Roads to spread a message of nonviolence.

Susan Bro is the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed when police say a car plowed into a crowd following clashes between protestors and counter protestors at an alt-right rally in Charlottesville in August.

“You know, at the end of the day, I’m still a mom who lost a kid,” Bro said.

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“There’s always a level of sadness, but as a wave washes over you, you cry and you know that this wave is going to wash by and you cry and you grieve that moment and then it passes away,” Bro said.

Bro said Heather spent her life sticking up for others and she wants to share her daughter’s legacy of nonviolent social change. She was in town to speak at an event in Newport News Saturday.

“The social justice movement did not begin with Heather. It won’t end with Heather. And we hope that more people will become involved on a personal level, feel empowered to take steps to speak up,” Bro said.

Bro will be joined by religious leaders and elected officials at noon Saturday for the Andrew Shannon Gospel Music Celebration Unity and Peace Program at New Beech Grove Baptist Church in Newport News.