The deadly standoff in Sydney, Australia hit home in the Palouse, after it was confirmed Tori Johnson, one of the two hostages killed in the standoff, was a Washington State University graduate.
Johnson, 34, and Katrina Lawson were killed by an Islamic terrorist in the 16-hour standoff at a Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, which ended when police stormed the shop, killing the gunman. And it turns out Johnson, 34, the man who is being hailed as a hero for helping bring an end to the standoff, was a Coug.
Johnson earned a bachelors degree in hotel administration in 2003, graduating magna cum laude. University officials said he studied abroad in the WSU Cesar Ritz College's Switzerland degree program. On Tuesday the Carson College of Business released a statement about Johnson's death, saying "our deepest condolences to the family of fallen Cougar alumnus Tori Johnson," adding that he was "a source of pride for WSU."
WSU President Elson Floyd also recognized Johnson's sacrifice in a tweet Tuesday morning: ?Our prayers go out to the alum Tori Johnson's family and friends. He was selfless and incredibly brave. #ToriJohnsonHero.?