Justine Damond was fatally shot by Minneapolis police responding to a 911 call about a possible assault in the alley near her home Saturday.
The 40-year-old from Sydney, Australia, lived with her fiancé in the 5000 block of Washburn Avenue S. in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Justine was set to be married in August to Don Damond, according to Zach Damond, 22. Don Damond is vice president and general manager of Little Six Casino in Prior Lake, according to his LinkedIn account.
Justine Damond had moved to Minneapolis after getting engaged to Don Damond.
Zach Damond, Don’s son, spoke emotionally on a video posted to YouTube, calling Justine “my mom” and “my best friend” and saying, “I’m so done with all this violence.” (Warning: The video includes profanity.) Zach Damond said Justine was the one who made the 911 call that summoned police.
Although the couple was not yet married, Justine referred to herself as Damond on her personal website.
Justine Damond’s background
Justine’s maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk, and she worked as a motivational speaker, meditation teacher and healer.
Damond was originally trained as a veterinary surgeon, according to a short bio on the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community website. The post said that Justine had embraced and taught the benefits of meditation and yoga for almost 20 years.
Justine Damond attended high school in Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney, according to her Facebook page.
The Sydney Morning Herald wrote that Justine left behind family and a wide network of friends from Sydney’s northern beaches area.
“How someone teaching meditation and spreading love can be shot dead by police while in her pajamas is beyond comprehension,” Matt Omo, a friend of Damond, told the Australia Broadcasting Corporation.
You can watch one of Justine’s recent presentations, in which she discusses helping people make positive changes in their health or their life.
The latest from police
“The officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident,” the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement.
A source confirmed Monday that Mohamed Noor was the police officer who fired the fatal shot.
Colleen Kelly •