Heather Heyer's lasting legacy after violence in Charlottesville

Loretta Dubova's 2-year-old son sets down flowers at Heather Heyer's memorial site on 4th street.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) - "I want him to have a chance to remember," Charlottesville resident Loretta Dubova is talking about her two year old son.

"This is something I don't have to talk to him about because he is two and a half," Dubova said.

Dubova said her son isn't old enough to really understand the chaos that broke out in Charlottesville on Aug. 12th. It's one the reasons why she supports creating a permanent legacy to Heather Heyer.

"I think that they should close this road and maybe make it a walking area or a memorial," Dubova said. "Or maybe a mural."

Dubova is talking about the spot on 4th street where police say James Fields plowed his car into a crowd of people, killing Heyer. The mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, is scheduled to hold a press conference Friday at noon about Heather Heyer's legacy and the Robert E. Lee statue.

Others groups are suggesting replacing the statue of Robert E Lee in Emancipation park with a statue of Heyer.

Kathleen T. on "The Petition Site" has more than 15,000 supporters for such a statue.

Laurie Bakely who owns a business near downtown Charlottesville is in support of this petition.

"She was there that day for support and out of love for everyone," Bakely said. "I think that would be a great honor for her, to honor her legacy in that way."

Others say however Heather is remembered, it should be out of love.

"When we look at Charlottesville, we don't think of the hate that invaded our town, we think of love and the sacrifice that she made," Charlottesville resident Whitney English said,

A message that charlottesville can pass on for generations to come.

"I hope that he will have an opportunity to know this is a good town that has better relationships between diverse communities than they did before and that would be a great legacy for heather to leave us," Dubova said.

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