Slain Australian remembered in Minneapolis

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

"You have stolen my daughter and ripped her from my arms", he said, referring to the officer who shot Ms Damond.

Mourners wearing heart-shaped stickers have gathered at a lakefront stage at Lake Harriet in southwest Minneapolis to to remember the Australian woman, who was shot and killed by a police officer responding to her emergency call.

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


The audience also saw a video that family and friends say shows the quintessential Justine - her rescue of eight ducklings from a storm sewer.

Hundreds of mourners dressed in blue have turned out to farewell Justine Damond a month after the 40-year-old Sydney woman's life was cut short outside her Minneapolis home.

Justine Damond's American fiance Don and their friends and family should have been heading for a wedding in Hawaii. An Australian flag stood on the sage next to a large color photo of Justine Damond and pink and white flowers. At times he struggled to hold back tears.


The search warrant application was filed Thursday. Noor shot through the open driver-side window from the passenger seat and fatally struck the Australian bride-to-be. Harrity was interviewed by the agency but Noor declined and, under state law, can not be compelled to be interviewed.

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. Her fiancé, Don Damond, and her father, John Ruszczyk, are among those scheduled to speak at the memorial. It's the latest piece in an outgoing attempt to determine the exact series of events on July 15 after Noor, who fired the fatal shot from inside a police squad, declined to interview with the BCA. A memorial service is set for 7 p.m., followed by a silent walk around Lake Harriet.


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