Coffee shop manager Tori Johnson was killed in Monday’s hostage crisis — but may have saved nearly everyone in the process 

Monday’s hostage situation in Sydney, Australia, will likely be remembered as a profoundly dark day in the country’s history. But scattered among the brutality is a glimmer of something else — the heroic story of Tori Johnson, a 34-year-old Lindt café manager who may have saved multiple lives with his actions during the crisis.

Johnson, who lost his life in the siege, was one of 17 hostages trapped inside the Sydney coffee shop by gunman Man Haron Monis. At one point during the 17-hour ordeal, Johnson reportedly realized that Monis was falling asleep, and tried to wrestle the gun from him. Australia’s Yahoo News reported that a shot rang out amid the scuffle; once police realized a shot had gone off, they were given orders to storm the building to rescue the hostages.

“We are so proud of our beautiful boy Tori, gone from this Earth but forever in our memories as the most amazing life partner, son and brother we could ever wish for.”