Speaking to reporters after the memorial service for Heather Heyer, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine said his state has ''a painful past'' but that it has put ''division and hatred and bigotry behind us.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) spoke to reporters after the memorial service for Heather Heyer on Wednesday (August 16), saying his state has "a painful past" but they have put "division and hatred and bigotry behind us." With tears and defiant tributes, hundreds of purple-clad people packed an historic Charlottesville theatre to remember the 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators. Heather Heyer, a paralegal whom colleagues said was devoted to social justice, was killed after clashes on Saturday between white nationalists attending a "Unite the Right" gathering and counter-protesters. James Fields, a 20-year-old Ohio man, has been charged with her murder. "They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what? You just magnified her," Heyer's mother Susan Bro said to long and loud applause from those gathered at the city's 1930s era Paramount Theater. Several leading members of Donald Trump's Republican Party and key ally Britain sharply rebuked the U.S. president on Wednesday after he insisted that white nationalists and protesters opposed to them were both to blame for deadly violence in the Virginia city of Charlottesville. Trump's remarks on Tuesday, a more vehement reprisal of what had been widely seen as his inadequate initial response to Saturday's bloodshed around a white nationalist rally, reignited a storm of criticism and strained ties with his own party.