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In the days since the tragic death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protestors at a white nationalist rally on August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia, several country music artists had spoken out about the sad event. Yet, many of country music’s biggest stars have noticeably remained silent, including Blake Shelton.




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But on August 16, the country powerhouse broke that uncomfortable silence. In a morning tweet, Blake shared his thoughts following the memorial service for Heather.

“Incredible words from Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro,” Blake wrote. “If you missed it look for it. What a strong and inspiring person.”

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Indeed, the words spoken by Heather’s mother touched many, thanks to the sheer emotion of the moment. “They tried to kill my child to shut her up,” Susan told the crowd gathered at the memorial service for her daughter. “Well guess what? You just magnified her. I want this [activism] to spread, I don’t want this to die. This is just the beginning of Heather’s legacy.”

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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