The opening shots that began a devastating day on Parliament Hill killed a Hamilton reservist who dreamed of being a full-time soldier and deprived his kindergarten-aged son of his father.
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was shot while on honorary guard at the National War Memorial. Ottawa Police announced hours after the shooting that the soldier shot at the memorial had died.
He would later be identified as Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada regiment. Cirillo died a short time after the attack despite frantic efforts to revive him at the base of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The soldiers who were guarding the National War Memorial are part of a ceremonial guard, and full-time and part-time soldiers are rotated through duty on an hourly or bi-hourly basis.
“They carry rifles that aren't loaded.”
Am I the only one who is gobsmacked to learn this? In this day in age it is ludicrous for a person guarding the National War Memorial to carry a rifle without bullets! How different the outcome of might have been if Cpl. Nathan Cirillo had been armed.
A little boy lost his father, and family and friends mourn the death of Nathan. Another mother’s heart is broken because her son carried out such a despicable act. I cannot imagine how it feels to be in her shoes..
I am saddened, Mr Prime Minister, that you waited until 8pm yesterday to address the nation. Once you did show up, the words coming out of your mouth.... a whole lotta nothing. How do you explain how this gunman got as far as he did? Wake up, Mr Harper.... we are not immune. The time for speeches and heavy-handed talk is over....
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who knew Nathan.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Canada.
Please feel free to pass this on using the hashtag #RIPNathan