Her boss said on Sunday, Heather Heyer came to downtown Charlottesville with her friends to make a stand against white nationalists. They converged on the Virginia college town to demand the city keep a statue honoring a Confederate war hero.
Alfred Wilson, bankruptcy division manager at the Miller Law Group said a strong sense of social justice was a constant theme in Heyer's personal and working life.
The 32-year-old paralegal wanted to send a clear message to the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan sympathizers.
But, when a 20-year-old Ohio man drove his car at high speed into a line of marchers, killing Heyer and injuring at least 19 others, her decision to join counter-protesters on Saturday resulted in tragedy.