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Natalie Barr breaks down as Katrina Dawson named woman killed in Sydney siege

The Sydney siege tragedy proved too much for Sunrise host Natalie Barr who broke down on air while learning of the female hostage killed in the horrific ordeal.
The 46-year-old was in the middle of a live mourning broadcast alongside her co-host, David Koch, when she revealed the devastating news.
Visibly shaken, the popular TV presenter held back her tears as she announced that Katrina Dawson was one of the two hostages who hadn't survived.
She later went on to say that Ms Dawson, a high-flying Sydney barrister and mother of three, was the younger sister of prominent lawyer, Sandy Dawson, who has worked for the company.
“I’m just finding out Katrina Dawson was the sister of a prominent barrister Sandy Dawson who has done some work at Channel Seven,” Natalie said.
“Sandy Dawson, who I know and I have friends who know. A mother of three children. I’m just finding this out this morning.”
The Sunrise news anchor took some time out to compose herself before getting back on with the show.
Ms Dawson was a highly respected professional who worked at Eight Selborne Chambers in the CBD.
The 38-year-old was tragically killed trying to defend her pregnant friend, AAP reports.
She leaves behind her husband, two daughters and son, all of whom are under the age of 10.
The second victim has also been identified as Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, who is being praised a hero.
The 34-year-old reportedly decided to take action and wrestle the weapon from the 50-year-old lone gunman, allowing the other hostages to escape.

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