Tributes Flow as More Details Released of Sydney Siege Victims

Sydney is overflowing with tributes following the tragic events of the past 24 hours, that saw two hostages killed and several others hospitalised after a siege on Martin Place.

The victims have been identified as lawyer and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson, 38, and Lindt Chocolat Cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, who has been praised for taking actions that allowed other hostages to escape.
NSW Police have today released a list of details about those injured in the siege. No names have been released, but the other victims include:
A 75 year-old female who received a gunshot wound to the shoulder – stable condition. 
A 52 year-old female who received a gunshot wound to the foot – stable condition.
A 43 year old female with a gunshot wound to the leg – stable condition.
A 39 year old male who received a minor facial injury due to gunshot – treated at hospital and discharged.
A 35 year old pregnant female assessed for health and welfare purposes – stable.
A 30 year old pregnant female assessed for health and welfare purposes – stable.
Our sincerest condolences go out to the families of the victims, and to all those affected by yesterday’s tragedy.
Those wishing to lay floral tribute were invited to do so at Martin Place, the site of the shooting – as you can see below, many have already done so over the course of this morning.

Premier Mike Baird has advised that condolence books will be placed near the Martin Place water fountain, facing Pitt Street, later today, and has ordered that flags on government buildings in NSW fly at half mast.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also ordered that flags on commonwealth buildings fly at half mast. 
Earlier today, Abbott addressed the nation, making condolences to the victims and their families and praising police and emergency services for their response.
The events at Martin Place are distressing and dismaying, but in a comprehensive social media post earlier today, NSW police encouraged those who are having difficulty coping to seek additional support:

Multi-faith vigils were held at a variety of locations around the country last night, and today, various leaders from the Muslim community have released a jointly-signed statement expressing sadness and asking Australians to stand together “against fear and injustice”:

Earlier today, ABC Sydney took this emotional call from a listener:

A makeshift memorial has reportedly spring up on Melbourne’s Collins Street:

Readers have asked what they can do to pay tribute in their cities, and we are following this up now.

Support and information is available for the distressed online at Lifeline by calling 13 11 24. You can contact your local mental health service via the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511. You can find more information online from NSW Health here. Twenty-four hour support is also available at Kids Help Line online or on 1800 55 1800.

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