Mother of Houston woman injured in Charlottesville car-ramming speaks

HOUSTON – The mother of a Houston woman who was injured when a car was driven into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday spoke to the media Monday.

Natalie Romero, 20, a Bellaire High School graduate and a sophomore at the University of Virginia, was among 19 people injured in the crash. She suffered extensive injuries, including a fractured skull.

WATCH: Mother of victim speaks

Romero’s mother, Ericka Chaves, and members of the group Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle, also known as FIEL, held a news conference Monday to discuss the incident.

"I just said, 'I love you.' That's all. 'I love you and I want you home and just don't cry.' That's all I said to her," Chaves said.

PHOTOS of Natalie Romero

Heather Heyer, 32, of Virginia, was killed in the incident.

The driver of the car, identified by authorities as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, was arrested in connection with the fatal incident.

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