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Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia have identified Heather Heyer as the woman who was killed when James Alex Fields allegedly plowed his grey Dodge Challenger through a large group of people on a pedestrian mall on Saturday.
Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal who lived in Charlottesville, was crossing the street when Fields rammed her with his vehicle, according to a press release.
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Emergency medical personnel transferred Heyer to University Hospital. Doctors at the hospital declared her dead.
“Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer was struck down by a vehicle while exercising her peaceful First Amendment right to speech,” the city’s press release says. “This senseless act of violence rips a hole in our collective hearts.”
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“On behalf of the City of Charlottesville and all of our citizens, we send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Ms. Heyer,” the Charlottesville press release says.
City officials also expressed condolences to the families of H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates, the two Virginia State Police killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday in Charlottesville.
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“These men gave their lives in the line of duty and our gratitude to them cannot be overstated,” city officials said.
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