Hundreds attend memorial honouring Australian woman killed by US police officer



Associated Press

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.

Justine Damond was killed after making a 911 call to report a possible rape.
Source: Associated Press

John Ruszczyk, Justine Damond's father, choked back tears as he talked about the pain of losing his daughter.

Ruszczyk spoke at the memorial which took place at performance venue in Lake Harriet, southwest Minneapolis.

Her fiance, Don Damond, who shared a sample of Justine's writing with the crowd said he had, "immense gratitude for being the one she chose".

The couple had been planning to marry next week.

"In Australia, they call it 'you're punching above your weight,' alright? And that's really... I really had to step up to be at her level." Don Damond said.

Justine was fatally shot by Officer Mohamed Noor on July 15 after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.

A man at the back of the crowd held a sign that read, "NOOR RESIGN NOW."

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.

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