Victims’ family visit floral tributes at Martin Place
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
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.