"All I remember is Heather's passion", he said.
The marquee at the Paramount Theater now reads: "Lives lost but not forgotten Heather, Jay, Berke".
Meanwhile, people have been sending flowers and cards to the office where Heyer worked.
But protesters were filmed chanting slogans like "Jews will not replace us", "One people, one nation, end immigration", and "F-- you faggots". She was killed on Saturday when a vehicle - allegedly driven by a Nazi sympathiser - drove through a crowd of counter-protesters.
Everyone who took the podium recalled a life dedicated to fairness, justice, and equal respect.
"I'd rather have my child", she finished.
Heather Heyer may be gone, but she won't be silenced.
She added, "You need to find in your heart that small spark of accountability".
She was working as a paralegal at the Miller Law Group in Charlottesville, according to the firm's website.
"This could be a storm in a teacup and it could all be for nothing".
Wilson said he wasn't going to get emotional, but it was hard to hide. "It was just the beginning of Heather's legacy".
That pride was felt by many in the room, who say Heather's legacy will continue.
The white nationalists who had pledged to show up and potentially disrupt services for Heather Heyer were nowhere to be seen among the residents, clergy people and out-of-town tourists who gathered outside the Paramount Theatre to remember her.
Diana Ratcliff, one of Heyer's cousins, told mourners at the memorial that Heyer always saw the good in other people and "never had a problem saying what needed to be said-even when it was uncomfortable".
"The family is humbled and deeply grateful for the outreach and the outpouring of love from the community", family friend Cathy Brinkley said.
"Memorial service today for attractive and incredible Heather Heyer, a truly special young woman", Trump tweeted Wednesday. My baby cousin, who is larger than life and too good for this world.
Her powerful speech was equal parts a tribute to her daughter's activism, a call to progressive action, and also a defiant stand against the ideologies that led to Heyer's tragic death. "Find what's wrong. Don't ignore it". You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?'
Her mother received two standing ovations. "Well guess what? You just magnified her".