'Tori made Sydney smell like flowers': His partner speaks

THE love of his life was killed in the Martin Place siege that shocked the world.

Now the beloved of Toni Johnson has spoken for the first time about the death of his partner - his love of 14 years - and the enormous outpouring of support from Australia in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Lindt Chocolate Cafe manager Tori Johnson, killed during the siege at Sydney's Martin Place
Lindt Chocolate Cafe manager Tori Johnson, killed during the siege at Sydney's Martin Place

Thomas Zinn told Channel Nine's Today Show of a "fair and generous" man.

When asked his feelings on the tide of floral tributes now inundating the scene of his partner's death, Mr Zinn said the support was helping him through the grief.

"Tori loves flowers and this is probably the most beautiful thing, you know, and I'm sure he can see it, that he has ever seen," he said.

"And when I was down there yesterday, I could smell the flowers through Sydney and I think it is just amazing that he has been able to make our city smell like flowers.

"I think there is no more beautiful thing that he could have imagined."

 

Mr Zinn also recorded a statement with Ms Wilkinson

"We are experiencing unimaginable grief but when we look at the sea of flowers, with all the heartfelt messages and the crowds of supporters at Martin Place, we know that this grief is shared by the whole country - and the rest of the world.

"This tragedy will remain with us forever but the uniting effects of this week and how they have galvanised our city, our country, makes us even more proud of Tori and Katrina - and proud of all Australians."

See Thomas Zinn's full statement below:

The funeral for Mr Johnson is expected to be held on Tuesday in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

 

 

 

Thomas Zinn's statement in full:

As you can imagine this is a very difficult time for our family.

We are experiencing unimaginable grief but when we look at the sea of flowers, with all the heartfelt messages and the crowds of supporters at Martin Place, we know that this grief is shared by the whole country - and the rest of the world.

This tragedy will remain with us forever but the uniting effects of this week and how they have galvanised our city, our country, makes us even more proud of Tori and Katrina - and proud of all Australians.

We would like to extend our love and condolences to Katrina's family - to her children, her husband and loved ones.

We stand beside you through this difficult time. We also send our love to the other hostages and their families.

We hope that they can recover swiftly from this traumatic experience.

We want to thank all of the brave people who were present at the event. In particular, we would like to thank the NSW Police and Crime Commission, the Australian Federal Police, paramedics and all of the emergency services that worked tirelessly through the night and made sure that we - and all of the other families -were taken care of.

We are incredibly moved by your patience, empathy and dedication.

We also want to thank the many people who have supported us and continue to stand by us through this tragedy; from close friends to complete strangers -the outpouring of love, kindness and generosity has been overwhelming.

The people of Lindt Chocolates as well the people at Intercontinental Hotels Group have also been very supportive.

We cannot undo the events of December 16, but it has made our diverse community even stronger and more unified.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all immensely.

Thomas Zinn, the Johnson and Piazza families.
 



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