Justine Damond Family Plans Public Memorial at Lake Harriet

August 03, 2017 11:33 AM

The family of Justine Damond, the Australian-native who was killed July 15 by Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor, has scheduled a public memorial service in her honor.

The service is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday, August 11, at the Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis. Speakers include Don Damond, Justine Damond's fiancé, and her father, John Ruszcyzk, among others.


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"The public is welcome and invited to attend this event, which will be focused on healing and remembrance," the family said in a statement. Attendees are encouraged to wear blue and "will have an opportunity to write a special message about how her life has touched the world."

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The program schedule includes:

  • 6 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.: Gathering time for music, prayer, fellowship and reflection
  • 6:50 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Native American spiritual burning of sage
  • 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Memorial Service
  • 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Silent walk around Lake Harriet

The family has also asked that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the Justine Damond Memorial Fund. 

According to the statement, the fund "will support social justice causes that were important to Justine, including causes to promote equal treatment and opportunities for all.

Shooting and Investigation

The incident remains under investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. 

Noor has not yet provided a statement to investigators. 

Authorities say Damond called 911 to report a sexual assault. She approached the police car and was shot by Noor, who was in the passenger side of the squad car.

His partner, Matthew Harrity, did speak with the BCA. BCA search warrants indicate a woman slapped the patrol car. 

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A source told KSTP the officers thought they were caught in an ambush

The officers had not activated their body cameras when the incident happened. Since then, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau resigned. 

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Acting Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced last week that all officers would be required to have body cameras on for any dispatch call.

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The BCA said Damond died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen after Noor discharged his weapon.


Theresa Malloy

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