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Fallen Canadian Soldier Nathan Cirillo Hailed as ‘National Hero’

Posted on 30 October 2014 by admin

Corporal Nathan Cirillo, the Canadian soldier shot dead by a gunman while guarding a war memorial in Ottawa, has been praised as a “national hero”.
The 24 year-old ceremonial officer was shot by gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau during Wednesday’s attack at Canada’s parliament building in Ottawa.
Zehaf-Bibeau was himself later shot dead by sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers after his shooting spree.
Cirillo’s family thanked fellow Canadians for their support following the reservist’s shooting, and released the following statement via Captain Robert Andrushko.
“On behalf of our family, we want to say thank you to the entire nation. On 22 October we lost a son, a brother, a father, a friend and a national hero.
“We are not only mourning as a family, but also a country.
“When we lost Nathan, we all mourned as one. There are no words to express the sadness that has fallen upon us all.
“We take comfort knowing Nathan has done our country proud.
“The support of the nation in this devastating time provides a measure of comfort and helps make this almost bearable.”
Cirillo leaves behind a wife and a six-year-old son, Marcus. The soldier, who also worked as a personal trainer and bouncer, was described by friends and family as a “great father” and a “kind and gentle man”. A GoFundMe was launched to support Cirillo’s family.
Cirillo was also an ardent animal lover, and his Instagram and Facebook pages are filled with pictures of himself with his two dogs, one of which he affectionately called “girl”.

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