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Authorities have not yet identified the woman who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Minneapolis Saturday night, but friends and family have come forward with more details.

A man named Zach says the woman was his mother. He gave a short interview to a Women's March Minnesota organizer Sunday afternoon, saying that the police are not being transparent about his mother's killing.

"My mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know, and I demand answers," he starts.

"I just know that she heard a sound in the alley so then she called the police," he said.

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Posted by Women's March Minnesota on Sunday, July 16, 2017

Friends and relatives told the Star Tribune the woman was a 40-year-old Australian native who was engaged to be married to a Minneapolis man this August, and that Zach is her fiancé's son.

Zach told the paper that his dad was out of town on a business trip when the shooting happened, and he returned to Minneapolis Sunday afternoon.

Activists speaking out

Local activists are also speaking out to demand answers.

"The police have releases no info and we dont know what happened even the cause of death. All we know is she called police to reportan assault. And somehow she wound up dead at the hands of the police," Mel Reeves wrote on his Facebook page.

Reeves says the woman's family doesn't want her name released because not all of the family members have been notified yet.

Nekima Levy-Pounds also weighed in via Facebook, saying "it's been more than 12 hours and we still have no substantive information about why this woman was killed."

"We the people, have a right to know what happened and why. An interview with her son indicates that she might have been the one who called the police based upon a disturbance in the alley. How did she wind up dead? Why didn't officers have body cameras turned on? Why is there no dash cam footage? This whole thing wreaks to high heaven," she said.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the woman’s identity and cause and manner of death after an autopsy is complete, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says.

Investigators are working to determine whether video of the incident exists, because officers’ body cameras were turned off at the time and cameras in the squad car did not capture the incident.

A vigil and rally has been organized to support the family. It will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday on in the alley between Washburn and Xerxes on 51st Street, near the scene of the fatal shooting.

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