- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - The cafe manager killed in the deadly siege in Sydney was a graduate of Washington State University.

Tori Johnson, 34, graduated with honors in 2003 with a degree in hotel and restaurant administration, WSU officials said Tuesday.

Washington State spokeswoman Kathy Barnard said Johnson took classes through a degree program WSU operates in partnership with the Cesar Ritz Colleges in Switzerland, and did not attend school in Pullman.

Johnson was one of two hostages killed along with the gunman in the 16-hour siege that ended when police stormed the Lindt Chocolat Cafe.

Officials have yet to say whether the two hostages died in crossfire or were shot by their captor.

“Our deepest condolences to the family of a fallen Cougar alumnus, Tori Johnson,” WSU said in a statement on Tuesday. “Tori was a successful business manager with a bright future in the hospitality sector and a source of pride for WSU.”

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