Mourners set to remember woman killed by officer

John Ruszczyk the father of Justine Damond steps down from the band shell at Lake Harriet after speaking to attendees of his daughter's memorial service Friday Aug. 11 2017 in Minneapolis

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.

Damond, 40, was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer on July 15 after calling 911 to report a sexual assault in her neighborhood.

'I can just feel her basically saying "why are you guys being so serious?",' friend Rosie McGowan said.

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

Damond had moved to the area to be with her fiance Don Damond, who said Friday that it "felt like a privilege to love Justine".

"We should be walking arm in arm down the street smiling and laughing".

Damond recounted how his fiancee would get up each morning and free write anything that came to mind, and how she was an inspiration to those around her. "But now every step on the footpath is very painful. I feel crushed by sorrow".

"In Australia, they call it 'you're punching above your weight, ' alright?"

A banner above the bandshell read: "Move from fear and survival to fascination and creation". An Australian flag stood on the sage next to a large color photo of Justine Damond and pink and white flowers.

The new document marks a key difference between the investigation into the Twin Cities' most recent police shooting and that of Philando Castile, for which the BCA only looked at St. Anthony Officer Jeronimo Yanez's call and text logs for the six minutes immediately prior to the shooting.

The warrant states that the information "may more clearly define" the officers' actions before and after she was killed on 15 July.

His partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, told detectives a noise startled Noor as Damond approached their cruiser.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting. Noor shot through the open driver-side window from the passenger seat and fatally struck the Australian bride-to-be.

Her family has set up the Justine Damond Social Justice Fund, which will support causes important to her, including those promoting equal treatment for all.

Web browsing history on the department-issued iPhones of both Noor and Harrity are also fair game for investigators.



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