The family of mother-of-three Katrina Dawson who died in a siege at a Sydney cafe have said they are devastated by her "tragic and senseless death".
"We are shocked and devastated by the tragic and senseless death of our darling Katrina," a statement said.
"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 their support and wishes over the past 48 hours and ask that we be allowed to support each other in private."
The first hostage to escape the siege in Sydney in which three people including the gunman died has spoken of his relief at his release
The dramatic moment armed police brought the Sydney siege to a bloody end has been caught on camera.
"It was pretty loud, pretty frightening - like nothing I'd ever seen before ever," Greg Parker said.