As that now-infamous Dodge Challenger barreled through the crowd — counter-protesters all around scrambling to safety — Marcus Martin didn't flee. Instead, he leapt right in front of that car and likely saved his fiancé's life.
When Marcus Martin and his fiancé Marissa Blair left home in Lovingston, Virginia Saturday to counter-protest a white supremacist march with friends, they could have never imagined the horrors they'd soon face.
They drove 50 minutes with their friend Heather Heyer to stand in solidarity protesting the Alt-Right groups rallying in Charlottesville.
As the friends were exercising their free speech, people all around them suddenly erupted in screams.
Marissa told DailyMail, “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.”
A Dodge Challenger manned by white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. was barreling right toward them through the crowd.
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Instead of fleeing with the crowd, Marcus jumped in front of the charger, sacrificing his own safety to push the love of his life out of harm’s way.
Marissa posted about the terrifying experience on her Facebook page...
“We hear a commotion from the top of the street,” Marissa explained.
“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."
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“I started asking around but I knew that it was my friend Heather,” Marissa recalled. “She had been standing right in front of Marcus.”
“It was senseless….”