In a whirl wind of unknown circumstances, a soon to be bride has just been shot and killed by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Justine Ruszczyk, who went by Justine Damond, was an Australian native who was living with her fiance in Minneapolis. The two were engaged to be married next month.
The shooting occurred after two police officers responded to a disturbance Saturday night around 11:30 PM. Damon reportedly called 911 herself that night.
The events of the evening are unclear as there is no video evidence of what actually took place. According to reports, the police body cameras were switched to off and the squad car's camera failed to record the incident.
All that is known is that one of the officers fired a weapon which killed Damond. Damond's step son, Zach Damond, said she had called 911 after hearing a noise near her home.
“My mom is dead, because a police officer shot her, for reasons I don’t know, and I demand answers,” he said in a Facebook live video from Women's March Minnestoa "I guess she thought that something bad was happening and, next thing I know, they take my best friends life."
Family and friends have been left devastated and confused after this tragic incident. According to KARE, her friends described her as a "very loving compassionate person and her whole mission in life was to help people with any problem."
Damond was only 40-years-old and known as a spiritual healer. She was described as "one of the most loving people you would ever meet" by the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, which is the where she would run meditation workshops.
Please join us in praying for her family and friends during this very difficult time. Thank you!