Charlottesville council votes to rename street for Heather Heyer

Published: Oct. 3, 2017 at 11:17 AM EDT
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Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously Monday to rename 4th Street in memory of Heather Heyer.

That's the street where Heyer was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of protesters during the "Unite the Right" rally on August 12.

It remained closed until nearly a month afterward on September 9. In that time, the intersection became the site of a growing memorial in her memory. Brick walls bore messages of peace and love.

Along the downtown mall, it will now be known as Heather Heyer Way.

The driver who allegedly drove into a crowd during that rally, James Alex Fields Jr., was charged with second-degree murder in Heyer's death and multiple counts of malicious wounding and hit and run. He is due back in an Albemarle County court in December.

Nineteen other people were hospitalized with injuries from the attack.