MINNEAPOLIS - A public memorial service has been scheduled for Justine Ruszczyk Damond, the woman who was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer.
Family and friends of Damond say the public is invited to remember her in a ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis.
The event will feature remarks from Damond's friends and family, including her fiancé Don and her father, John Ruszczyk.
The full schedule is, as follows:
6 – 6:50 p.m.: Gathering time for music, prayer, fellowship, and reflection
6:50 – 7 p.m.: Native American spiritual burning of sage
7 – 8:30 p.m.: Memorial service
8:30 – 10 p.m.: Silent walk around Lake Harriet
Attendees are encouraged to wear blue, one of Justine's "signature colors."
In lieu of flowers, family asks memorials be donated to the Justine Damond Memorial Fund.
Donations will be allocated to the Justine Damond Social Justice Fund, which supports social justice causes that were important to Justine, according to a press release.
Damond grew up in Sydney’s North Beaches in Australia. "As a spiritual healer and meditation coach, Damond focused her life on healing others," the release states.
She moved to Minnesota to be with her fiancé in 2015 and the two were planning to wed in August.
Damond was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer on July 15 after calling 911 to report a sexual assault in her neighborhood.
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