Neighborhood memorial for Justine Damond becomes place of reflection after Noor verdict

The Minneapolis neighborhood where the shooting unfolded nearly two years ago remains quiet following the verdict in the trial against former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor.

Tuesday night, people stopped at a neighborhood memorial for Justine Ruszczyk Damond - located at the intersection of West 51st Street and Washburn Avenue South - to reflect and pay their respects.

Ceramic figurines, fresh flowers and candles were just a few of the keepsakes placed at Damond’s memorial, which sits not far from where Noor fatally shot her on July 15, 2017.

The jury took a little over a day to reach their verdict, finding Noor guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

“Race is not protection, gender is not protection, your gender is not protection and if we don’t band together and unite, people will keep dying,” said Todd Schuman, a Justice for Justine organizer who visited the memorial.

The group Justice for Justine will host a rally at the Hennepin County Government Center Wednesday at 5 p.m.