Sunday Marks 1 Year Anniversary of Damond Shooting

July 15, 2018 06:15 PM

On Sunday, it will be exactly one year ago that Justine Damond was shot by a Minneapolis Police Officer after receiving a trouble call in the area from dispatch.

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On Saturday, people gathered in Minneapolis and Australia to honor Damond. The shooting happened in the alley behind Damond's home, after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault.

Speaking to a crowd of about 100 people in South Minneapolis, Damond's fiancé, Don, said the pain he experienced over the last year has been unimaginable.

"As soon as that bullet pierced Justine's body, it pierced my heart too," Don Damond said.

 

The police officer who shot Justine Damond was confirmed to be Mohamed Noor. Noor has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in connection to the fatal shooting. 

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Justine's father, John Ruszczyk, speaking to Australian media, reflected on Saturday on how much pain he still experiences. 

"When we got here, we experienced this beautiful sunrise, and Justine, because of her senseless killing, will never see the sunrise or hear the kookaburra again," Ruszczyk said. "Our communities here at Freshwater and in Minneapolis are waiting for judgment."

There will be a press conference held in the same neighborhood where Damond lived around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 

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