Canada shootings: Tributes pour in for soldier killed by gunman

October 22, 2014 admin No comments

(Picture: Facebook)

Nathan Cirillo (Picture: Facebook)

The soldier who was shot dead outside Canada’s parliament building has been named locally as Nathan Cirillo.

A Facebook page was set up named Rest In Peace Cpl Nathan Cirillo, which has already been looked at by thousands.

One message, from Bob Rodkin, read: ‘RIP Nathan. Thank you for your service and the ultimate sacrifice. So tragic, so unnecessary. My prayers go out for you and to your family, friends and colleagues.’

A still image captured from video footage by the Globe and Mail newspaper shows police officers responding to shooting attacks inside the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Ontario October 22, 2014. Canadian police are investigating three shooting incidents that took place in Ottawa on Wednesday, one at the Canadian war memorial, one at Parliament Hill, and one near a nearby shopping mall, Ottawa police said. CANADA OUT REUTERS/The Globe and Mail (CANADA - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT The Globe And Mail/Reuters

Footage shows police officers responding to shooting attacks inside the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa (Picture: The Globe And Mail/Reuters)

Another message, from Olivia Marie, said: ‘RIP Nathan! Thank you for defending our country, your son is so proud of you. I miss you.’

Islamic militants are believed to be behind a terror attack that left the country’s capital in lockdown.

Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fired 30 times as people fled the building by climbing down scaffolding put up for repair works.

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a reported shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds (Picture: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

MPs barricaded themselves in the chamber with chairs before the intruder was shot dead outside the room where prime minister Stephen Harper was holding a cabinet meeting.

More shots were reportedly heard nearby – and police said they were hunting ‘more than one individual’.

The killer began by shooting Cpl Nathan Cirillo, a member of the honour guard watching over Canada’s tomb of the unknown soldier.

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