Vic­tims’ fam­ily visit flo­ral trib­utes at Martin Place

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Syd­ney

The griev­ing fam­i­lies of two Syd­ney siege vic­tims have vis­ited the ever-ex­pand­ing flo­ral mon­u­ment in Martin Place.

More than 10 fam­ily mem­bers of hostages Tori John­son and Ka­t­rina Daw­son, who both died in the siege, spent almost 20 min­utes read­ing cards, shak­ing hands of on­look­ers and qui­etly cry­ing to­gether.

They were seen em­brac­ing Sheik We­sam Charkawi, who said the Mus­lim com­mu­nity was with them at this time.

“It’s very im­por­tant to let them know we feel their pain and their suf­fer­ing,” he said.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with them at the mo­ment and we hope that the support they’ve seen to­day brings some type of alle­vi­a­tion to their hearts.”

Thou­sands of mourn­ers lined up yes­ter­day to pay their re­spects to vic­tims of the 16-hour Lindt cafe siege that left three dead, in­clud­ing the gun­man.

Po­lice tem­po­rar­ily stopped other mem­bers of the pub­lic from en­ter­ing the makeshift memo­rial to give the dis­tressed group some space.

“This love comes for free,” said a male fam­ily mem­ber from the John­son fam­ily.

“We want to thank every­body for sup­port­ing us through this ter­ri­ble time.” AAP

Pic­tures: AAP and Getty

Griev­ing fam­ily mem­bers of hostages Tori John­son and Ka­t­rina Daw­son, who both died in the Martin Place siege, visit the flo­ral mon­u­ment in Martin Place. IN­SET: A mes­sage at the memo­rial.

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