When a Dodge Challenger suddenly rammed into the crowd, Martin didn’t hesitate to push his bride-to-be out of the way, resulting in him being hit by the accelerating vehicle. Martin was photographed in mid-air seconds after he saved Blair’s life, and other photos reveal that when the car backed up over him, his shoe was dragged off. Friends Blair and Heyer worked at the same law firm in Virginia, for the past three years.
Moments before Martin was struck, Blair said they had been walking through the streets, chanting and laughing.
She added to the DailyMail.com: ‘We were saying, “Whose streets? Our streets!” and just having a good time. We were right at the intersection, deciding to go right or left. We went left.
‘We hear a commotion from the top of the street. It happened so fast. I felt myself shoved out of the way. [Martin] had pushed me out of the way.
‘It was so fast. All he could think was to push me. He saved me then he was under the car. I checked myself and then immediately thought, where’s Marcus?
‘I started looking where the car had hit people. I saw his hat had blood all over it but he wasn’t there. I found him with no blood on him.
‘We were taken to the hospital and I overheard someone say that the heavyset woman who they were doing CPR on had died.
‘I started asking around but I knew that it was my friend Heather. She had been standing right in front of Marcus.’
Blair continued: ‘It was senseless. People said we were wrong for being there but it was that guy [driver] who was wrong. Why would anyone think that it’s okay to do this? He rammed into us.’
Blair said she attended the Charlottesville rally in protest of the alt-right groups that were gathered there.
She said she drove the 50 minutes from Lovingston, Virginia, with Martin and Heather Heyer, 32, who was killed in the ‘senseless’ car crash.
Blair added: ‘I lost one of my good friends today, killed for peacefully standing up for what she believed in. Rest In Peace you sweet sweet soul.’
Heyer had worked with Blair at the Miller Law Group PC in Virginia for the past three years.
Charlottesville Police Chief Alfred Thomas Jr. told reporters Heyer was killed while crossing the street after Fields Jr plowed his Dodge Challenger into the protesters. Despite the efforts of those on the scene to revive her, she died.
Heyer’s family set up a GoFundMe page for her, with her mother writing: ‘She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.’ Blair added: ‘I’m still numb. My friend is dead. Heather was with us because this is what Heather believed in. She died standing up for what she believed in.
‘We had been witnessing everything that was going on. We’ve been here for it.
‘We couldn’t have hate groups walking around our city with no peaceful opposition.
‘We knew the risk we were taking. But we said they aren’t going to do this anymore.’
Blair continued: ‘My fiancé pushed me out the way. He got hit, his leg is broke. We’re alive. I lost a good friend today.
‘Everyone has an opinion, but we were out there spreading love and not allowing hate groups to terrorize our city! Our country!!
‘The only person is wrong is the person behind that wheel. Feel what you do, but spread LOVE today. Spread LOVE everyday. Promote LOVE. Send LOVE out to the universe.’
The couple got engaged in February after dating a little more than a year.