Co-Worker Remembers Minneapolis Shooting Victim as a Bright Light

July 17, 2017 07:55 PM

A friend and co-worker of Justine Damond described her as a bright light Monday - two days after she was shot by a Minneapolis police officer following her own 911 call to report a possible sexual assault.

Nancy Coune', the administrator of the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community where Damond conducted meditation workshops, called her a joy, saying everybody wanted to be her friend because she was such a treasure.


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"She was funny and she was adorable and she had style," Coune' said. "She was really focused on you, rather than her."

The list of adjectives friends used to describe Damond Monday went on and on.

"Egoless, she didn't have an ego," Coune' said. "It was amazing. She was a bright light who had an open heart."

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Damond started working at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community in south Minneapolis more than two years ago. During that time, she spoke to groups about broadening their consciousness, and helped clients on an individual basis as well.

"She would teach you a lot of tools to help you attain your highest abilities," Coune' said.

Friends said they were in shock, trying to make sense of how someone who was here to help lost her life doing so.

But they said Damond wouldn't want want people to focus on the tragedy of her death. Rather, she'd want attention paid to the bigger purpose of her life.

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"Use this," Coune' said. "Use her as a tool to help us move forward in a more positive way."

"If it can happen to her: young, white, female, in a good neighborhood where's there's no violence, so police didn't come expecting violence." 

Damond's heart was also with animals. Coune' said she worked with a local dog rescue in the metro area.


Jessica Miles

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