Community members will gather in Charlottesville, Virginia Wednesday, for a memorial service to remember Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed when a car drove through a group of counter-demonstrators on Saturday during an alt-right rally.
This after a stunning press conference Tuesday, where President Donald Trump again placed the blame for Saturday’s violence on “both sides,” a sharp turn from his Monday statement, where he called out white nationalists, neo-nazis, and the KKK.
“You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible, and it was a horrible thing to watch. But there is another side. There was a group on this side, you can call them the left. You’ve just called them the left — that came violently attacking the other group,” said President Trump.
In the impromptu news conference, Trump also warned against removing confederate statues, asking where does it stop.
“George Washington was a slave owner. Are we going to take down statues to George? How about Thomas Jefferson?” said President Trump.
The words resonated back in Charlottesville where local residents say they feel hurt by the president’s comments.
Heyer worked in Charlottesville as a paralegal.
Her boss remembers one of the last things Heyer said.
“At one of the last staff meetings she made the comment, ‘if you’re not outraged you’re not paying attention,'” said Heyer’s boss, Larry Miller.