Justine Damond’s devastated father John Ruszczyk held back tears as he spoke about his beloved daughter at her funeral in Minneapolis on Saturday.
The heartbroken man spoke of the moment his daughter was tragically shot dead by a police officer outside her home after calling 911 when she thought she heard a woman being raped outside.
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‘You have stolen my daughter and ripped her from our arms,’ he cried.
The proud father reflected on the last conversation he had with his daughter at the family table in Australia.
‘In May Justine and I sat at the kitchen table talking. I said ”I love you and I miss you”– she said ”I love you dad” that love was real and present,’ he said.
‘Then she flew back to Minneapolis and I spoke to her on the phone. I said “I love you'” and she said ”I love you dad”.
‘I can still say ”I love you” that is real and remains,’ he said.