Justine Damond's father says there is an 'ugly truth' about his daughter's death

 abc.net.au  7/18/2017 5:59:36 AM   Riley Stuart

Updated July 18, 2017 16:29:48

Justine Damond's father has called for justice for his daughter, who was killed by police in the US city of Minneapolis at the weekend, saying there was an ugly truth about the incident.

Speaking in Sydney, for the first time since his daughter's death, John Ruszczyk choked up as he read a prepared statement near their family home on the northern beaches.

"We thought yesterday was our worst nightmare, but we awoke to the ugly truth and it hurt even more," he said.

"Justine, our daughter, was special to us and so many others.

"We went down to Freshy (Freshwater) beach this morning and saw the blackness change to light.

"Justine was a beacon to all of us, we only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death."

Officer Mohamed Noor shot Ms Damond, 40, more than once from the passenger seat of his police vehicle on Saturday night (local time).

Ms Damond's stepson claimed she had called 911 to report an incident in the alleyway near their home.

In the aftermath of her death, it has been revealed the police officers who responded to the incident did not have their body cameras turned on.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said Ms Damond died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen and her death had been ruled as a homicide.

Yesterday, Ms Damond's friends expressed tears and confusion at how police could shoot someone who taught meditation, and "spread love".

She had moved to the US to start a "new life" with American fiance, Don Damond, who she was to marry next month.

"We are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine," Mr Damond said.

"Sadly, her family and I have been provided with almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived."

Topics: community-and-society, death, police, crime, law-crime-and-justice, united-states

First posted July 18, 2017 15:59:36

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