The woman killed Saturday in a car attack in Charlottesville worked as a paralegal in Virginia, according to several reports.
Heather Heyer died after a gray Dodge sports car rammed people protesting a white nationalist rally, the New York Daily News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other media outlets reported.
Nineteen other people were injured.
Police have not identified Heyer as the victim, but a family friend confirmed the news.
“She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her,” Felicia Correa said on behalf of Heyer’s mother.
A GoFundMe account set up for Heyer had raised more than $50,000 by 9 a.m. Sunday.
It’s not clear if Heyer was part of the counter-demonstration. White supremacists and other groups planned to rally in Charlottesville to protest that city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, enshrined in bronze on horseback in the city’s Emancipation Park.
James Fields Jr., 20, of Monclova Township, Ohio, faces a count of second-degree murder and other charges. Federal officials also have opened a civil rights investigation.
Fields’ mother said they’d recently relocated to the Toledo area from Northern Kentucky, where Fields attended high school. Derek Weimer, a history teacher at Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, Kentucky, said Fields was “very infatuated” with Nazis and Adolf Hitler. Weimer also said Fields had been prescribed antipsychotic medication.