According to her website, Damond moved to Minneapolis from Sydney, Australia. The former veterinarian became a yoga instructor, personal health and life coach and meditation teacher.
Neighbors and friends described her as an animal lover, a mother and a warm spirit ready to help others.
Birkholz said through her classes, Damond could help people work their way through illnesses and other life problems with the help of meditation.
"A very conscious, loving person and you wouldn't associate that with a gunshot in an alley," he said.
The two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.