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Woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia car attack identified

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Honoring victims of Charlottesville violence 01:47

The 32-year old woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a car plowed into a group of protesters has been identified as Heather Heyer, authorities announced Sunday.

Heyer was a Charlottesville resident who police say was crossing the street when she was struck by the gray sports car on Saturday. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"My heart goes out to Heather Heyer's family. She died standing up against hate and bigotry. Her bravery should inspire all to come together," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted Saturday along with a photo of Heyer.

A spokesperson for University of Virginia Medical Center said Sunday that the hospital was treating five other victims who were listed in critical condition. Four others were in serious condition and another ten were in fair or good condition.

More than 400 residents gathered at the site of the deadly crash on Sunday night. Hundreds of flowers were placed by a photo of Heyer, CBS News' Bo Erickson reports.

A GoFundMe set up by friends of Heyer reached more than $225,000 at last check.

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"Heather Heyer was murdered while protesting against hate," the page reads. "We are raising money to give to her family for anything that they may need. The family is aware of this and is in complete charge of when and where the funds will be released."

"She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her," Heyer's mother said, according to the GoFundMe account. It says her name will not be released until she is ready.

Felicia Correa, a family friend who created the online fundraiser, said that Heyer died standing up for people of color. She said Heyer is no different from a soldier who dies at war.

"She was a sweet person, and I just want to do my best to make sure her family doesn't have to worry about cost of anything," Correa told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Friend of Charlottesville victim says Heather Heyer "died for peace" 03:57

"I thank her because she wasn't just standing up for me, she was standing up for my sons in there, and you know, all people of color," she explained. "She was no different from a soldier fighting in a war -- she was a casualty of war."

James A. Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, was taken into custody and charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run.

The Richmond FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia have opened a civil rights investigation into the "deadly vehicular incident" that occurred on Saturday.

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