One of the two hostages killed by “Sheik” Man Haron Monis in the Lindt cafe in Sydney, Australia, earlier this week was the daughter of former Royal & Ancient Captain Sandy Dawson.
Katrina Dawson, a 38-year-old barrister and mother of three, was reportedly killed while trying to defend her pregnant colleague.
Another hostage, Tori Johnson, 34, the manager of the cafe, was fatally shot while attempting to wrestle a gun away from Monis.
Police stormed into the building after hearing shots fired inside the cafe after 2 a.m., ending a 17-hour siege. The police later confirmed that three people had been killed, including the gunman.
The Dawson family released a statement on Tuesday.
“We are shocked and devastated by the tragic and senseless death of our darling Katrina. She was an amazing woman and the most loving and loved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, in-law and blessed with a wonderful circle of friends and colleagues. We would like to thank everyone who has provided support and wishes over the past 48 hours and ask that we be allowed to support each other in private.”