Community Gathers to Honor Life of Justine Damond

July 20, 2017 10:59 PM

A crowd gathered Thursday evening in the South Minneapolis neighborhood where Justine Damond lived to walk in her honor.

"We gather here before you in our heartbreak, in our longing for healing," a speaker announced during an opening prayer.

"It broke my heart to hear she can't get married. She's gone and it hurts me," marcher said.

Community members first walked to the Damond's home and stood silently as close family and friends emerged and hugged in the front yard. Damond's family was joined by Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights one year ago.


RELATED: Minneapolis Police Chief Says Damond 'Didn't Have to Die'

The crowd chanted as they marched to Lake Harriet, at times stopping traffic at some neighborhood intersections for several minutes.

Many families came with children and pets.

"I wanted to participate in a peaceful march against what's not right," one young girl said. "I would definitely call a friend or a neighbor before I would call the police now."

RELATED: Damond's Family Hires Castile Attorney

Along the shore of the lake, the crowd gathered to hear Damond's family and neighbors speak. They called for justice for her death, but at the same time asked for a peaceful response from the community in her honor.

"She lived a life where she would be right here with us," Sharon Sebring said, who is the mother of Damond's fiance. "I would be serving no purpose if I spoke on behalf of the family with hate or anger, because our mission is to serve her purpose."


Matt Belanger

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