Tributes have been paid to the brave soldier killed in the Ottawa shootings.
According to Canadian media, the Canadian Forces member shot at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a Hamilton-based reservist.
Cirillo, 24, was shot Wednesday morning just before 10 a.m. by a gunman as he stood on guard at the memorial. Photos and video from the scene showed first responders administering CPR to Cirillo before he was taken from the scene in an ambulance. He later died at Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus.
The murder of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo is generating an outpouring of grief across social media. Canadians on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are expressing their heartfelt condolences for the loss of the young Hamilton reservist.
Hamilton Police Respond to Events in Ottawa
With the recent incidents in Montreal and Ottawa, the Hamilton Police Service is reassuring the community that Hamilton Police remain committed to working collaboratively with all law enforcement partners.
“Citizens should always remain alert and vigilant when it comes to their personal safety and report suspicious incidents and behavior to police,” said Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire. “We are working with our partners to secure federal facilities and areas of concern.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and colleagues of the Argyll and Sutherland reservist who was killed today, serving his country,” said Chief De Caire. “He is a part-time soldier, and a full-time Canadian”.
Statement from Mayor Bratina
Today a member of Hamilton’s own Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was killed while performing the duties of a sentry at the National War Memorial.
His name has not been released at this time pending notification of next of kin.
The death of this young citizen-soldier and the act of terror that took his life in Ottawa today give us all cause to reflect on dangers that young men and women can face at any time when they don the uniforms of the military and protective services to serve their fellow Canadians at home and abroad.
At this time I join all Hamiltonians in offering our sincere condolences and prayers to the members of his family and his Regiment at the loss of their son and comrade.
Bob Bratina, Mayor
People are sharing their heartfelt condolences for the loss of the young Hamilton reservist. Check out some of the samplings compiled by Hamilton Spectator.