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Monday, 17 July 2017 18:17

Fiance of woman shot dead by cops is ‘utterly devastated’

Written by  Lia Eustachewich

The grieving fiance of the Australian woman gunned down by a cop in Minnesota said he and his family were “utterly devastated” by her death Monday — as he called on police for more information.

The grieving fiance of the Australian woman gunned down by a cop in Minnesota said he and his family were “utterly devastated” by her death Monday — as he called on police for more information.

Surrounded by several relatives, Don Damond broke his silence for the first time since his soon-to-be-wife Justine’s shooting death Saturday night.

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    “We’ve lost the dearest of people and we’re desperate for information,” Damond said through tears. “Piecing together Justine’s last moments before the homicide would be a small comfort as we grieve this tragedy.”

    Damond said Justine, 40, dialed 911 to report what she believed was a sexual assault occurring near her home in Fulton, just outside Minneapolis.

    She was shot to death by Officer Mohamed Noor, who’s been on the force for just two years. 

    Damond remembered Justine, who worked as a spiritual mentor and originally hailed from Sydney, as having “lived a life of openness, love and kindness.”

    “She was so kind and so darn funny. She made us all laugh with her great wit and her humor,” Damond said. “It is difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life.”

    Noor and his partner Matthew Harrity have been placed on standard administrative leave as the investigation continues.


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