Reports Katrina Dawson died saving pregnant friend

Tori Johnson, the manager of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe, was one of two people killed during Monday's siege.
Tori Johnson, the manager of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe, was one of two people killed during Monday's siege. 

As Sydney grieves the loss of Sydney siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, reports have suggested that both died as heroes.

Barrister and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson was catching up with pregnant colleague Julie Taylor at the Lindt cafe which was taken over by a gunman on Monday morning.

News.com.au cites AAP in claiming that "Ms Dawson was tragically killed trying to defend her pregnant friend."

Katrina Dawson was a mum of three young children and a talented barrister.
Katrina Dawson was a mum of three young children and a talented barrister. 

Meanwhile Lindt store manager Tori Johnson is being praised for his heroism as reports indicate he tried to grab the gun from hostage taker Mon Harem Monis, as the gunman briefly dozed off during the 17-hour siege. His parents have released a statement via jourmnalist Ben Fordham paying tribute to their "beautiful boy".

"We are so proud of our beautiful boy Tori, gone from this earth but forever in our memories as the most amazing life partner, son and brother we could ever wish for," the 34-year-old's parents said in a statement.

"We feel heartfelt sorrow for the family of Katrina Dawson.

"We'd like to thank not only our friends and loved ones for their support, but the people of Sydney; Australia and those around the world for reaching out with their thoughts and prayers. 

"Our deepest gratitude to the NSW police, armed forces and paramedics for their tireless efforts.

"We ask that the media respects our privacy in this difficult time. 

"Let us all pray for peace on earth."

Ms Taylor, along with another pregnant woman, were uninjured during the crisis and have been assessed and are stable, said Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn.

Katrina Dawson and her husband, Paul Smith.
Katrina Dawson and her husband, Paul Smith.  Photo: Supplied

The NSW Bar Association has released a statement this morning regarding Ms Dawson.

"Katrina was one of our best and brightest barristers who will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends at the NSW Bar," Bar President Jane Needham SC said in a statement.

"She was a devoted mother of three children, and a valued member of her floor and of our Bar community.

"Our thoughts are with her family at this time, including her brother, Sandy Dawson of Banco Chambers."

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