March for Australian Justine Damond, shot dead by Minneapolis police

Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night at the Minneapolis site of Justine Damond’s fatal shooting, where they held a vigil before marching to a nearby park to continue their remembrance of the Australian expatriate.

Damond, 40, called 911 on July 15 to report a suspected sexual assault outside her home. Once two officers — identified as Matthew Harrity and Mohamed Noor — arrived at the house, she approached the driver’s side of the squad car, just after Harrity heard a loud sound near the car, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Noor, who was sitting in the passenger seat, then fired his weapon through the open driver’s side window, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said. Damond was pronounced dead at the scene.

A large crowd gathered outside Damond’s home, including Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, an African-American man who was shot and killed by a police officer one year ago, according to ABC affiliate KSTP.

The crowd stood silently and hugged each other, while one speaker said, “We gather here before you in our heartbreak, in our longing for healing.”

After congregating at the home Damond shared with her fiance Don Damond, the crowd marched to Beard’s Plaissance Park on Lake Harriet. Along the way, marchers stopped traffic at some intersections for several minutes, KSTP reported. (GMA)

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People march in memory of Justine Damond

People march from the site of Justine Damond’s shooting to Beard’s Plaissance Park during the “Peace and Justice March for Justine,” Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Philando Castile’s mother, Valerie, joins the march

Valerie Castile, center, mother of Philando Castile who was killed by a police officer last year, marches in memory of Justine Damond on July 20, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo: Stephen Maturen/AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds march

Hundreds march from the site of Justine Damond’s shooting to Beard’s Plaissance Park during a march in honor of Damond Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Attendees grieve

Betsy Custis, right, and others attend a march in honor of Justine Damond at Beard’s Plaissance Park, Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Protesters raised their fists

Jan Skogstrom, of Minneapolis, raises her fist with fellow protesters during a march in honor of Justine Damond at Beard’s Plaissance Park, Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Justine Damon’s fiance, Don, is comforted

Don Damond, the fiance of Justine Damond, is comforted outside his home as demonstrators march by during the Peace and Justice March for Justine, Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Justine Damond’s parents hold a vigil in Sydney

The parents of Justine Damond (L-R) John Ruszczyk and Maryan Heffernan are seen during a vigil for their daughter at Freshwater Beach on July 19, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo: Kate Geraghty/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Vigil on Freshwater Beach, Sydney

Family and friends gather on Sydney’s Freshwater Beach, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, following a candlelight vigil, where they threw hundreds of pink flowers into the ocean for Justine Damond who was shot by a Minneapolis police on July 15, 2017. (Photo: Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

Family members mourn

Jason Ruszczyk, the brother of Justine Damond and his wife Katarina Ruszczyk are seen during a vigil for his sister at Freshwater Beach on July 19, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo: Kate Geraghty/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Gov. Mark Dayton speaks

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton pauses as he speaks about latest developments in the shooting of Australian Justine Damond, at the capitol Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in St. Paul, Minn. (Photo: Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)

Australian newspapers cover the shooting

Front pages of two Australian newspapers on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, featuring photos and story of the shooting death of Australia’s Justine Damond who was shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer on Saturday. Australia’s airwaves, newspapers and websites have been dominated by the news of Damond’s death which has stunned many in her native Australia and fed into Australians’ darkest fears about America’s culture of gun violence. (Photo: Kristen Gelineau/AP)

Press conference in Minneapolis

Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Mayor Betsy Hodges address the latest developments in the death of Justine Damond, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

A makeshift memorial grows

Megan O’Leary, of St. Paul, leaves a message on the sidewalk near the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Justine Damond, of Australia, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.(Photo: Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

Fiancee Don Damond speaks

Don Damond is comforted by his son Zach Damond as he speaks to the media about his fiance, Justine Damond who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 17, 2017. (Photo: Adam Bettcher/Reuters)

A makeshift memorial is left at the scene

A makeshift memorial is left at the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Justine Damond, Monday, July 17, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo: Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

Photo of Justine Damond

This undated photo shows Justine Damond, of Sydney, Australia, who was fatally shot by police in Minneapolis on Saturday, July 15, 2017. (Photo: Stephen Govel/www.stephengovel.com via AP)

Police officer Mohamed Noor

In this May 2016 image provided by the City of Minneapolis, police officer Mohamed Noor poses for a photo at a community event welcoming him to the Minneapolis police force. Noor, a Somali-American, has been identified by his attorney as the officer who fatally shot Justine Damond, of Australia, late Saturday, July 15, 2017, after she called 911 to report what she believed to be an active sexual assault. (City of Minneapolis via AP)

Police body camera

In this Feb. 16, 2017 photo, Burnsville Police Sgt. Chris Wicklund turns his his body camera off after completing a call in Burnsville, Minn. When a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Justine Damond, who had called in a possible crime in the alley behind her house on July 15, his body camera wasn’t running. Criminal-justice experts say the early numbers suggest that officers aren’t turning them on often enough, and Minneapolis isn’t the only city where that’s the case. (Photo: Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)