Memorial services held for Sydney siege victims

2014-12-23 07:18
Buddhist monks follow the coffin of Sydney siege victim Tori Johnson as it is carried to a hearse after a funeral service in Sydney. (William West, AFP)

Buddhist monks follow the coffin of Sydney siege victim Tori Johnson as it is carried to a hearse after a funeral service in Sydney. (William West, AFP)

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Sydney – The two victims of a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe are being remembered at private memorial services, one week after a gunman took them hostage.

A memorial service for Tori Johnson was held on Tuesday at a church just around the corner from the Lindt Chocolat Cafe, where he and 17 others were taken hostage on 15 December by a shotgun-wielding Man Haron Monis.

The standoff ended 16 hours later when police stormed the cafe in a barrage of gunfire to free the captives. Johnson and fellow hostage Katrina Dawson were killed, along with Monis.

Johnson's partner of 14 years, Thomas Zinn, and father, Ken Johnson, helped to carry the white coffin into St Stephen's Uniting Church for the service.

Dawson's memorial was scheduled for later on Tuesday.

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