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Memorial to Sydney terrorism victims

Waterloo native captures photo of Sydney make shift memorial

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"There is an eerie feeling in Sydney now, like New York after 911,” wrote Emily Ritchie, a Waterloo Columbus and University of Iowa graduate, whom lives and works in Sydney, Australia. \

Like so many there earlier this week, Emily had to go on lock down, when an armed terrorist, described as a self-styled Muslim Cleric and Iranian refugee, took hostages in the popular Lindt Chocolate Cafe. 

In a siege which lasted some 17-hours, two of the 17 hostages died and several people were wounded, including a police officer. The gunman also died. 

Later, Emily took this photograph at Martin Place, a well know pedestrian mall, not far from the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, It's been described as the 'heart;' of Sydney. 

Following the attack and siege Aussies turned Martin Place into a shrine, with tens of tens of thousands of flowers, left there as a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack. 

Terrorists attacks just don['t happened in Sydney. Until now.

Emily told her family, "This picture is evidence that this is the first true terrorist incident Australians have had to deal with. 2 people died.. if 2 people died in something like this in the US you'd hardly see this outpouring of flowers, etc. I mean, that happens nearly every week either in US or UK sadly!”

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