Mourning father and brother of murdered Australian Justine Damond split record $ 28 MILLION payout after yoga teacher was shot by a trigger-happy agent
- Mrs. Damond's family paid a record for her death
- She was shot by a police officer after summoning a suspected rape
- She was weeks away from her marriage to her fiance when she was murdered
- Mohamed Noor was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison
An American judge has approved the record payment of US $ 20 million to the family and lawyers of the murdered Australian life coach Justine Ruszczyk Damond, with her brother receiving $ US5.7 million and father $ US5 million.
Damond, 40, was shot dead in Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor in 2017 after she had called 911 to report a possible rape in an alley behind her house.
Noor was found guilty in a third-grade murder and second-degree homicide in a Minneapolis court in April and was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison.
Justine Damond (right) with her fiancé (center) and his son (right). The couple would marry in a ceremony in Hawaii only a few weeks after the shooting, and his destruction to lose his future wife was evident when he stated during the trial.
The family filed a US $ 50 million civil lawsuit last year and a few days after Noor was found guilty by the jury in the criminal case, the city of Minneapolis agreed to pay $ 20 million.
The District Court of Minneapolis, Judge Maria Vasaly, approved Tuesday the settlement to the brother Jason Ruszczyk and his father John Ruszczyk of Mrs. Damond.
The fiancée of Damond, Don Damond, also receives $ US1 million.
John Ruszczyk told the court although Mr. Damond was not legally relatives and the family wanted him to receive part of the settlement.
The couple would marry in a ceremony in Hawaii only a few weeks after the shooting, and his destruction to lose his future wife was evident when he stated during the trial.
Justine Damond & # 39; s father, John Ruszczyk (left) and her brother Jason Ruszczyk (center) received a record payout for her death.
The Minneapolis attorney at Minneapolis, Robert Bennett, receives $ 4.9 million in legal fees and two other attorneys each take $ US7 million.
The Minneapolis Foundation also receives $ US2 million dollars in an initiative aimed at ending firearm violence.
Mrs. Damond, originally from the northern beaches of Sydney, moved to Minneapolis after falling in love with Mr. Damond after meeting each other on a retreat in Colorado.
She established her business in Minneapolis, so took his last name for the wedding.
Mrs. Damond was not home alone until late on the evening of July 15, 2017, when she heard the screams of a woman behind her house.
When Norwegian police vehicle arrived in the alley, Mrs. Damond approached.
Noor said he was afraid of an ambush and took a split second to shoot his partner in the front seat and out of the driver's side window, killing him deadly on Damond, who was wearing a pink t-shirt and pajama pants.
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