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Mother of Heather Heyer files wrongful death lawsuit against white nationalist James Fields Jr. two years after Charlottesville slay

2019-09-05

Susan Bro's daughter was killed two years ago in Charlottesville. (Steve Helber/AP)

The mother of Heather Heyer has filed a $12 million wrongful death lawsuit against the white nationalist who killed her daughter at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville two years ago.

James Fields Jr., who is serving multiple life sentences plus 419 years, drove his car into a group of counter-protesters on Aug. 12, 2017, killing the 32-year-old Heyer.

Heyer’s mother Susan Bro told the Daily Progress that she does not want Fields’ “blood money,” but she does want to make sure he won’t profit from his crimes.

“We want to show others that there are serious consequences for actions of hatred and violence," Bro told the Daily Progress. "This lawsuit is a way to continue to extinguish hatred.”

Heather Heyer was killed when a car driven by James Fields Jr. plowed into a group of counter-protesters.
Heather Heyer was killed when a car driven by James Fields Jr. plowed into a group of counter-protesters. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Fields pleaded guilty to 29 hate crime charges earlier this year, and had previously been convicted of state charges.

The lawsuit, filed Aug. 30 and obtained by the Daily Progress, asks for $10 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages.

Fields is facing multiple civil actions in connection with the fatal incident which also left dozens of people injured.

The Virginia rally included hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis and was fueled by the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.