Candlelight vigil to be held in Coolidge Park in memory of woman killed in Charlottesville

Candlelight vigil to be held in Coolidge Park in memory of woman killed in Charlottesville

August 13th, 2017 by staff and wire reports in Local Regional News

A makeshift memorial of flowers and a photo of victim, Heather Heyer, sits in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. Heyer died when a car rammed into a group of people who were protesting the presence of white supremacists who had gathered in the city for a rally. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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The Chattanooga chapter of Democratic Socialists of America is holding a candlelight vigil for the woman killed by a car that plowed into a group of counter protesters against white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday.

The vigil will be held in memory of Heather Heyer in Coolidge Park at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening, according to a press release from the DSA of Chattanooga. 

Heyer was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and Industrial Workers of the World, according to the press release.

"People who knew her said she was a kind, compassionate person who cared deeply about making the world a better place," the press release stated. " ... She sought equality and justice in all areas of society, and gave her life to that end."

People marched in the streets in Atlanta and Memphis over the weekend to protest the Charlottesville violence, The Associated Press reported.

In Atlanta, hundreds marched about one mile from the Hyatt Regency hotel to the state capitol in Atlanta. Many of the Atlanta activists were in town for a Netroot Nations event dedicated to energize a legion of new activists ahead of next year's midterms, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

In Memphis, hundreds gathered at a Confederate statue to stand against racism, bigotry and hate.  The Commercial Appeal reported the crowd continued a call to remove the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan member.Activist Tami Sawyer said the violence in Virginia "isn't going to scare anyone from speaking up for equal justice."


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