The woman who was killed when a man ploughed his car into a group of counter-protesters in the US on Saturday has been identified as 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer.
Heyer was protesting the white supremacist rally, which was being held in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday afternoon.
She was the only person killed, 19 others were injured (five critically), when 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. allegedly rammed his silver Dodge Challenger through the masses gathered at Emancipation Park in opposition to the rally.
A GoFundMe page set up for Heyer’s family says she “was murdered while protesting against hate” and that she was originally from Greene County in New York.
She was attending the protest in Charlottesville with other paralegals from work when a car crashed into the crowd https://t.co/I7Ll4tcaj5
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 13, 2017
The identification comes after President Donald Trump included the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups in condemning violence, the White House says. He was initially criticised for not explicitly condemning white supremacists in the tragedy.
US authorities are investigating the outbreak of violence, which puts new pressure on the Trump administration to take an unequivocal stand against that segment of his political base.
The rally stemmed from a long debate in the US South over the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of the rebel side in the Civil War, which was fought over slavery.