MOTHER of three Katrina Dawson and Lindt Cafe manager Tori Johnson have emerged as the two victims of the tragic Sydney siege.
There are reports Mr Johnson is being hailed a hero, with hostages claiming he had tried to knock the sawn-off shotgun from the hands of self-described Muslim cleric Man Haron Monis.
It’s been revealed Ms Dawson was a mother of three and sister of well known media personality Sandy Dawson, who worked closely with Channel 7.
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The NSW Bar Association paid tribute to the highly-respected barrister.
“Katrina was one of our best and brightest barristers who will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends of the NSW Bar,” association president Jane Needham SC said in a statement.
Family members have praised the bravery of police following their efforts during the near 17-hour incident.
Amal Helen Mikhael – a relative of hostage Marcia Mikhael – has written a Facebook post, giving thanks for bringing her out alive.
Marcia Mikhael is believed to work in Martin Place where the siege took place, and is in hospital but not seriously injured, according to Amal Helen.
She’s praised bravery by police, who she says risked their own lives to save others, and calls them heroes.
Several others were also injured in the incident, including:
A 75 year-old female who received a gunshot wound to the shoulder – stable condition.
A 52 year-old female who received a gunshot wound to the foot – stable condition.
A 43 year old female with a gunshot wound to the leg – stable condition
A 39 year old male who received a minor facial injury due to gunshot – treated at hospital and discharged.
A 35 year old pregnant female assessed for health and welfare purposes – stable.
A 30 year old pregnant female assessed for health and welfare purposes – stable.