Politics | August 16, 2017 12:55 pm

Charlottesville Victim’s Father Says He Forgives Man Who Killed Daughter

Mark Heyer says that hatred needs to stop; that James Alex Fields Jr. 'doesn't know' any better.

Flowers surround a photo of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The father of a woman killed after a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, told Florida Today that he “forgives the guy that did this.”

“My daughter was a strong woman that had passionate opinions about the equality of everyone — and she tried to stand up for that,” Mark Heyer said of his daughter, Heather, in a moving video message. “With her, it wasn’t lip service. It was real.”

He added that James Alex Fields Jr., the man allegedly behind the wheel of the car, was just 20 years old and therefore “doesn’t know” any better.

“People need to stop hating, and they need to forgive each other. And I include myself in that, in forgiving the guy that did this,” Heyer said. “He doesn’t know no better. You know, I just think of what the Lord said on the cross. Lord forgive him, they don’t know what they’re doing.”

Take a look at the moving video above.