The emotional conversation unfolded as Hayer’s mom Susan told the world who her daughter was. The 32-year-old paralegal worked to help those who fell on tough financial times. She was a believer in social justice. She cared about equality. She died fighting for it.
“Heather was a very passionate woman,” her mother explained. “She was very fair minded. She was driven to make people clarify their situation, to make people accountable for their behavior, to make people look at themselves and stop what she believed to be unfair.”
She had a “radar” for injustice, her mother continued, saying that Heather took care of people and protected others all throughout her life. She said that everyone is coming out of the woodwork to tell her stories about what a good soul her daughter was and how she worked hard to help them or someone they knew.
She explained that she was with a good friend when she got word they were looking for Heather’s next of kin at the hospital.
“I kept calling the hospital, as my friend was driving me to the hospital,” Susan continued. “They kept telling me, we don’t have a patient by that name and we were frantically trying to find her. And her friends had actually asked the hospital people to find her — it was probably the worst day of my life.”
When it came to President Donald Trump, Susan’s words changed. She said that the president used the words KKK and “white supremacists” for the first time in days and it was important.
“I think we need to call out hate where we see hate,” she said. “I think we need to call out criminal activity where we see criminal activity.”
When it comes to the man charged with her murder, she said she has two emotions. First, that he is young but he’s not a child and he made the decision to willingly commit the action.
“I believe that he thought hate was going to be the answer, and that hate is going to fix things,” she continued. “But he was wrong, and he will someday come to see that, I hope. And I’m sorry for the pain he will go through. I’m sorry for the pain he’s putting his mother through right now. I’m also extremely sorry that he chose to kill my child and to injure a bunch of other people. He didn’t have the right to do that. And if you watch the tapes, you can tell he had that exactly in mind. This wasn’t a video game, buddy, this was real people, OK? There are real consequences to what you did. And I’m sorry you chose to do that. You have ruined your life, and you’ve disturbed mine, but you took my child from me, and I’m going to be the voice that she can no longer be. So, you gave us a national forum, and maybe I should thank you for that. But I can’t. I would rather have my child.”
She brought up the “say her name” campaign and conveyed that she hopes the one thing that can come out of it is that people “check your actions before you do something. You explain yourself to God, to yourself, to another person, whatever you have to do, but you hold yourself accountable before you go after somebody,” she said.
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.
The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.
It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.
GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.
Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.
"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."
Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.
White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.
CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."
Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.
Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.