Justine Damond's family gather for a memorial instead of a wedding after a police bullet

Justine Damond's family gather for a memorial instead of a wedding after a police bullet

Justine Damond's family gather for a memorial instead of a wedding after a police bullet

Updated 12 August 2017, 14:40 AEST

Justine Damond's American fiance Don and their friends and family should have been heading for a wedding in Hawaii — instead they will today gather for a memorial near her home in Minneapolis, after she was shot by police.

Justine Damond's American fiance Don and their friends and family should have been heading for a wedding in Hawaii.

Today they will gather for a memorial instead at the Lake Harriet Bandshell near her home in Minneapolis.

The invitation promises to honour her spirit, and features her beaming smile under the sub-heading "move from fear and survival to fascination and creation".

The memorial will show the video of Justine helping ducklings stuck in a drain near her house in Minneapolis — retrieving them barefoot.

That instinct to protect and help others has been remembered by friends.

It should never have got her into trouble, but it led to her death — shot by the police she had called for help when she thought a stranger was being sexually assaulted behind her house.

When she went to the laneway to speak to police, officer Mohammed Noor shot her from the passenger seat.

The single bullet struck in her in the abdomen at the drivers window.

Police are investigating the shooting but the officer who fired will not talk to them, and the ABC understands even after a month, no significant police findings about what happened have been passed on.

Today though the focus is on remembering Justine Damond.

There will be prayers, a Native American sage burning, music and poetry as her friends and family honour the yoga teacher and spiritual healer.

It will end with a silent and solemn walk around Lake Harriet.

Her family and friends have also set up a memorial fund for the social justice causes she believed in.