Sydney siege victims’ funerals: family and friends farewell Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson

16/09/2019 Posted by admin

The number of flowers at Martin Place in Sydney continues to grow. Photo: James AlcockJust over a week after a central Sydney cafe was besieged and its 18 customers held hostage, final preparations are being made to farewell the Lindt Cafe attack’s two victims.

Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson will both be honoured in Sydney on Tuesday, while donations in their memory pour into charities.

Friends and family of Lindt Chocolat Cafe manager Mr Johnson, who was killed by shots released at close range by gunman Man Haron Monis, have been invited to attend his funeral at St Stephens Uniting Church, just metres from the siege site.

The 34-year-old’s family is determined to make the sad affair a celebration and “positive reflection” of his life, his friends have told Fairfax Media.

His partner of 14 years, Thomas Zinn; Mr Johnson’s parents, artist Ken and his former wife, Central Coast landscape designer Rosemary; and his younger brother James, who has flown home to Sydney from Canada, will lead the congregation.

They have requested donations in Mr Johnson’s memory go to depression and anxiety charity, beyondblue. The charity has so far received $106,000 via the Everyday Hero fund-raising platform, $51,000 of which was donated by Lindt Australia.

Barrister and mother-of-three Ms Dawson, who was killed by gunshot wounds when police stormed the cafe, will be remembered at a public memorial service in The Great Hall at the University of Sydney at 3pm.

In place of flowers, well-wishers are requested to make a donation to the Katrina Dawson Foundation, which was registered as an official charity just three days after her death and was founded to preserve and honour the memory of the 38-year-old who “achieved so much” in her short life. The new organisation will focus on the education of women.

“She shone in so many ways,” reads an introduction on the foundation’s site. “And she made the most of every opportunity she had. It is our hope that out of her senseless death we will, through the opportunities the Foundation will provide, bring meaning to the lives of other amazing young women.”

The website is framed with aqua – the colour mourners at the service are asked to wear a “splash of” as a nod to Katrina’s favourite hue.

A steady stream of visitors from all walks of life continues to flow into Martin Place, laying flowers for the slain hostages seven days after the first bouquet of lilies was left close to Lindt Cafe, signalling the start of a vast public outpouring of grief.

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