Heather Heyer's mother testifies at House hearing on white supremacy

Published: May. 15, 2019 at 6:47 PM EDT
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Almost two years after her daughter was killed in a car attack during the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Susan Bro testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

"I'm not happy about giving my daughter up, but if I'm going to give her up, I'm going to make her death count," Bro said on Wednesday during the hearing titled, "Confronting White Supremacy (Part I): The Consequences of Inaction."

Bro recalled the minutes and hours leading up to Heyer's death, including the tiki torch rally the night before when marchers shouted anti-Semitic chants.

"Her best friend said, 'don't go, you could die.' [Heyer] said, 'I know, but I have to go," Bro said.

In addition to calling for better reporting of hate crimes, Bro also urged members of Congress to look at ways to prevent them — including reaching out to young people before they become radicalized.

"How we go about that, I leave to greater minds," Bro said. "But I want you to think about my daughter and others who have died because of hate."

In written testimony, Bro said local agencies are "failing to accurately report" hate crimes because of what she wrote are "major loopholes" in the system.