Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Father mourns daughter killed by police officer

Community Gathering To Remember, Honor Justine Damond Hundreds of mourners turn out at memorial for slain Australian woman Justine Damond – as it's revealed investigators
Sammy Stanley | 13 August, 2017, 03:25

Ruszczyk was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer last month after she called to report a possible sexual assault near her south Minneapolis home.

A pair of musicians play didgeridoos during the memorial service for Justine Damond, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. He shared with the crowd some of the optimism expressed in three or four pages of words she would free-write every morning.

Instead of traveling to Hawaii Friday evening for the ceremony, John Ruszczyk remembered his daughter, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, during a memorial service at Lake Harriet, the Star Tribune reported.

Damond added he had "immense gratitude for being the one she chose".

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

A banner above the band shell at Lake Harriet in southwest Minneapolis reads, "Move from fear and survival to fascination and creation".

An Australian flag stood prominently on the stage next to a large colour photo of Damond bordered in pink and white flowers.

'Justine, thankyou for your lovely light that still SHINES on us all, ' one thoughtful sign read.

Program from Justine Damond public memorial
Program from Justine Damond public memorial

Damond was engaged to be married in August.

As Ms Damond's friends mourn their loss, the police continue to investigate just how rookie police officer Mohamed Noor came to shoot the bride-to-be dead.

The search warrant application was filed Thursday.

Lawyers for the killer police officer, Noor, 36, claim he felt he was being ambushed when he pulled the trigger and shot Ms Damond. Noor was in the passenger seat and shot Damond through the open driver-side window.

But the ongoing investigation and details from that July night slipped from view at Friday's gathering, which focused on healing and unity. "And that is who Justine was", Damond said.

Don Damond hugs a neighbour after reading a statement about his fiance, Justine Damond who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police.

Damond says the same sense of love and duty that led her to climb down a sewer to rescue baby ducks also sent Ruszczyk into the alley behind their home late at night on July 15; she wanted to help someone she thought was being sexually assaulted.

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

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