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Memorial service held for Justine Damond shot by Minneapolis police officer

12 Août 2017

Investigators have said Officer Mohamed Noor shot Damond after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.

It should never have got her into trouble, but it led to her death - shot by the police she had called for help when she thought a stranger was being sexually assaulted behind her house.

Johanna Morrow plays the didgeridoo during a memorial service for Damond at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis on Friday.

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"And I have vast gratitude for being the one she chose".

Justine Damond's father, John Ruszczyk, choked back tears as he vowed to find justice for his 40-year-old daughter, whom he described as being "ripped from our arms".

Ruszczyk spoke at the memorial Friday night at a band shell at Lake Harriet in southwest Minneapolis.

Ruszczyk said his daughter was killed by a bullet, that was sacked by an agent of the state, and he will continue to seek justice. "I don't understand. I should have been on a plane to her wedding but we were flying to her funeral".

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

Fiance Don Damond is comforted by family and friends at the service
Fiance Don Damond is comforted by family and friends at the service

Fiance Don Damond is comforted by family and friends at the service.

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 Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting.

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

Mr Noor's colleague Matthew Harrity told investigators he was startled by a noise just before Ms Damond approached their police SUV.

Web browsing history on the department-issued iPhones of both Noor and Harrity are also fair game for investigators. Minneapolis police officers are now required to have their body cameras on when they respond to calls and make traffic stops.

When officers arrived at the scene and Ms Damond went to speak to them Officer Noor shot her from the passenger seat.

Attendees are encouraged to wear blue to honor Justine Damond.

It will end with a silent and solemn walk around Lake Harriet.

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Memorial service held for Justine Damond shot by Minneapolis police officer