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Houston Native Natalie Romero Hospitalized In Charlottesville Terror Attack

On Friday, hundreds of white nationalists and Nazi sympathizers carrying tiki torches marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, in a call to “Unite the Right.” The group of white supremacists — some with riot gear and fire arms — continued to protest on Saturday. The protests turned deadly when one white nationalist, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. from Ohio, rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Fields killed 32-year-old Heather D. Heyer and injured 35 people.

One of those injured — in what is now being called a domestic terrorism attack — is Natalie Romero.

CREDIT: Facebook/Movimiento Cosecha

Romero, a 20-year-old native of Houston, Texas, was in Charlottesville protesting the Nazi sympathizers when she was injured during the attack. She is a member of Movimiento Cosecha, an immigrant rights group with members in more than 20 states.

“She is one of the many people who, despite fear, took the streets to stand against anti-blackness, xenophobia, and hatred by violent white nationalists,” wrote Movimiento Cosecha on their Facebook.

Romero suffered “small skull fracture and multiple injuries to her face,” according to KHOU News.

CREDIT: Facebook/Movimiento Cosecha

Romero, who is part of the Houston Independent School District Air Force ROTC program, said that she went to the protest “to speak up for minorities.” KHOU also reports that her family moved to the United States from Colombia before Romero was born.

Romero texted her mother before she left to the protests in Charlottesville.

In this short audio clip, Romero talks about the injuries she sustained.

Romero’s family does not have health insurance, so a GoFundme has been set up in her name.

Romero is reportedly concerned about missing the first day of school due to her injuries. She’s currently attending the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on a full scholarship.

“I always told her, I know I cannot pay for college, so you need to study hard so you can get good grades and get a scholarship… and she’s helping me out. Whenever I need money, she’s the one sending me. She’s not asking me for money.” Erica Chaves, her mother, said to KHOU.

Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) President and CEO Janet Murguía issued the following statement regarding the events this past weekend that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia:

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Heather Heyer and to all the victims of the racist violence in Charlottesville this weekend. We stand with those who bravely protect and defend all communities that have been targeted by bigotry, hatred and intolerance.

A civil rights investigation into the Charlottesville terror attack has been opened by the Justice Department.

 

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