Justine Damond’s father says the “ugly truth” behind his daughter’s death at the hands of a US police officer has deepened his family’s grief.
Ms Damond, a peace-loving spiritual healer from Sydney’s northern beaches, was shot in the stomach by police officer Mohamed Noor in an alley outside her Minneapolis home on the weekend.
The 40-year-old’s death has since been ruled a homicide.
Ms Damond’s father, John Ruszczyk, fought back tears as he revealed his family’s pain and pleaded with authorities for answers.
“We thought yesterday was our worst nightmare but we awoke to the ugly truth and it hurt even more,” he told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.
“Justine was a beacon to all of us. We only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death.”
“Justine, our daughter, was so special to us and to so many others.”