Justine Damond is a teacher at the Minneapolis Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, who teaches meditation classes and spiritual healing.
She is hardly a suspect you would imagine being fatally shot down by police.
Yet, it happened.
Relatives, friends and even the mayor are demanding answers.
They want to know why she was killed in the first place and why the officer who shot Damond didn’t have his/her body camera on.
“I mean ask anybody here, they’re shocked,” said Corey Birkholz, a student of Justine Damond. “It doesn’t seem like she’d be the kind of person to get shot in an alley,” Birkholz said.
His feelings were shared by more than 200 people who gathered for a vigil Sunday near the spot where Damond died hours earlier.
“A woman who you met her — was just peaceful,” a neighbor at the vigil said.
Investigators with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said that at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a 911 call was made about a possible assault in the area.
The involved police officer fired their weapon, killing a woman.
A man who identified himself as Damond’s son said in a Facebook video that she’s the one who called 911 after hearing a noise in the alley near their home.
“She thought something bad was happening and next thing I know, they take my best friend’s life,” Zach said in the video.
Investigators said both officers had body cameras, but neither were on.
“I don’t know anything about the law or police work to that extent but to me, it seems really stupid. You have a body camera, aren’t you supposed to use them?” asked Birkholz.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges made a statement saying, “I share the same questions other people have about why we don’t have body camera footage of it, and I hope to get answers to that in the days coming.”
Investigators said the squad car video was on but didn’t capture what happened at the scene. The detectives said they’re trying to figure out if any video evidence of what happened exists.
What do you think investigators will find?
Was this a wrongful shooting?