Exclusive: Charlottesville rally survivor speaks out one year later

Exclusive: Charlottesville rally survivor speaks out one year later
Updated: Aug. 12, 2018 at 7:57 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - It was an emotional day in Charlottesville with plenty of tears, hugs and comforting going on.

It was a bit tougher for two people in the crowd, they weren't just here last year when it happened. They were hit by the same car that killed Heather Heyer.

"We say 1,000 times that we can always tell the story, but emotionally, nobody will ever know how we feel." Marrissa Martin said.

As hundreds fill the streets of Charlottesville remembering the life of Heather Heyer, two people stand out in a crowd.

"The weather was the same. The only difference was there was no police presence and no new neo-Nazi" Marcus Martin said.

You might remember these two. Marcus Martin was also hit by the same car that killed Heather Heyer one year ago as he pushed his fiancé out of harm's way.

"I was out for 7-8 months. I just started really walking about two months ago. Some mornings it hurts and it's like it has a mind of its own." Marcus Martin said.

"Emotionally it's the hardest part. I think anybody who was out here on the street that day will tell you that emotionally it was the hardest part." Marissa Martin said.

The day of remembrance began with Civil Rights Leader Reverand Al Sharpton speaking to a large crowd at a local church.

"We are going to heal together and the nation needs to come to the scene of the crime and see it and move forward," Sharpton said.

"We want to help people. People are going to be hot. People are going to be tired and need help, and we are here to help." Jayadeva Williams said.

One water at a time, this man says he had to help his city heal.

"It's beautiful, it's wonderful and this is the Charlottesville we love. This is our Charlottesville. Not the one that speaks hatred in the street." Williams said.

Chalk and flowers mark the spot where the tragic moment took place exactly one year ago.

"I think you will find there is a wide range of emotions and feelings." Reverend Susan Minasian said.

Moving forward, hope and love are what those in Charlottesville wish for.

"Hands that are here and the ones on the back of my shirt symbolize the hand that extends love and safety and then also that says stop to white supremacy hate and evil," Minasian said.

"Everyone has a voice. Use it in the right way." Marcus Washington.

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