A video of an Australian woman, who was shot dead by a police officer, shows the victim saving a group of ducklings from a manhole (video below).
in the video, Damond is seen taking off her shoes, and climbing down the drain.
“I’ve got them in my skirt, I’m just going to go with the mum either up here or straight to the lake,” Damond is heard telling her neighbor Angela Jimenez, who was recording the video.
Damond then climbs out of the manhole, and crosses the road. The mother duck is seen following behind. The yoga teacher then unfurls her skirt to reunite the eight ducklings with their mother.
“She might just need to chill a bit,” Damond says in the video. “I run a meditation up at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community so I’m going to let you guys be the duck rescuers. Are you OK with that?”
Damond sent a text message to her friend Nancy Coune moments later, informing her of the rescue mission.
“Guess what, I just rescued eight ducklings,” Damond wrote. “The mother duke was distraught and I climbed and pulled them all in my skirt … There was this moment when I think they realised I was there to help and they just started jumping to my lap, I was in bliss!”
Family and friends were devastated by the news that Damond was fatally shot.
“We’ve come together. We’re teetering back and forth between tragic heartsick to outrage, to trying to understand it, to really knowing that there is a greater purpose and that at some point we will come to terms with this … people are struggling here,” Coune told The Guardian.
“Our hearts are broken and we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine,” Damond’s partner, Don Damond, added. “It is difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life.”
Damond’s loved ones gathered by the water in Sydney’s northern beaches on July 19 to hold a candlelight vigil.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is currently investigating the incident. Noor has refused to be interviewed as part of the process, ABC News reported.
“Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves and he empathises with the loss others are experiencing,” Noor’s lawyer said in a statement. “The current environment for police is difficult, but Officer Noor accepts this as part of his calling.”
The two officers who responded to Damond’s call have been placed on paid administrative leave.