The woman shot and killed by a Minneapolis Police officer this weekend had lived in the Buffalo area as a young child and visited here earlier this year, according to a member of her extended family in Western New York.
Justine Damond, 40, was born in Australia but moved to Western New York as an infant, remaining in this area only briefly until the age of about two or three. Justine's father's family is originally from Lackawanna, the relative said, and they are devastated by the situation as they await answers from the Minneapolis Police Department. Several family members still live in Western New York.
Damond's death also made major headlines in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, where the story appeared at the top of the Daily Telegraph website as of about 7:30 p.m. EST on Monday. Damond had dual-citizenship in Australia and the United States.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said no weapons were found at the scene in south Minneapolis. Damond had dialed 911 late Saturday night, but it remains unclear what exactly unfolded when officers arrived or why the particular officer decided to open fire.
On Monday, that officer was identified as Mohamed Noor, according to sister station KARE-TV in Minneapolis.