Memorial service held for Justine Damond shot by Minneapolis police officer


Mourners wearing heart-shaped stickers came together today to honour an Australian woman shot and killed by a police officer responding to her 911 call last month. Harrity was interviewed by the agency but Noor declined and, under state law, can not be compelled to be interviewed.

The service ended with a maypole dance, didgeridoo music from Australia, and a silent walk around Lake Harriet.

"We should be walking down the street smiling and laughing", he said of his first visit to Minneapolis.

Ms Damond had called 911 to report a woman being raped close to her apartment block shortly before she was shot and killed. Noor was in the passenger seat and shot Damond through the open driver-side window.

Don Damond spoke Friday night at the memorial at a stage at Lake Harriet in southwest Minneapolis.

Though she was a veterinary surgeon in her native country, Ruszczyk worked as a spiritual healer, yoga and meditation instructor and life coach in Minnesota.

Her friends have said the concern Ruszczyk showed that night for a possible assault victim was characteristic of her caring nature.

A large photo of Ms Damond, who was engaged to be married to her American partner, was displayed alongside an Australian flag at the memorial on the shores of Lake Harriet.

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The memorial will show the video of Justine helping ducklings stuck in a drain near her house in Minneapolis - retrieving them barefoot. I love her. I cherish her. I thought it might be (that) somebody had a breakthrough or something really big.

He said: "I have vast gratitude for being the one she chose".

Justine's father John Ruszczyk told the gathering he was "crushed by sorrow" and should have been en route to a wedding, not a funeral.

"She might say to someone, 'You need fuzz therapy, '" he said.

As Damond's loved ones mourned their loss, the investigation into her death moved forward.

Though the officers were wearing body cameras, they did not turn them on before the shooting, and the squad vehicle camera did not capture the incident, investigators said.

Damond's death led to a shake-up at the top of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Various public figures, including Minneapolis' former and current police chiefs, as well as Mayor Betsy Hodges, have called for Noor to make a statement to the agency tasked with investigating officer-involved shootings, through the Fifth Amendment prevents anyone from compelling such testimony.