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An anti-fascist activist who died during a neo-Nazi rally in Virginia has had to have her final remains hidden after her mother, Susan Bro, 61, continues to receive threats from white nationalists.
Heather Heyer, 32, died while counter-protesting at a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12.
Bro and other members of Heyer's family have continuously received threats from racist extremists since news of Heyer's views against racism and hate were made public knowledge, Bro told the Daily Beast.
'It’s a symptom of hate in society that you should have to protect your child’s grave, for Pete’s sake,' Bro said. 'So, I’m protecting my child now.'
Heyer was killed after being struck by a car that was driven into a crowd in Charlottesville, where white nationalists had organized a rally around protests of the removal of a statue of a Confederate Army General.
Bro said her ashes have been interred in an undisclosed, unmarked location in order to protect the workers on site and family members while they visit her remains.
James Fields, 20, from Ohio, is accused of driving the vehicle that killed Heyer and injured dozens of others.
He has been charged with first degree murder, upgraded on Thursday from his initial charge of second-degree murder by District Judge Robert Downer, the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported.
The difference in the charges could mean a difference between a possible life sentence for first-degree murder, and what could have been a sentence of 20-40 years in custody with the second-degree murder charge, if Fields is found guilty.
The video of Fields allegedly drive the vehicle that stuck Heyer was shown when he was informed of his increase in charges.
The video shows a man driving his 2010 Dodge Challenger towards a crowd of protesters, then stop, reverse, and then with the newly-created room to accelerate, speed in the direction of the group of people, of which Heyer was a part.
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