Remembering Nathan Cirillo, one year later
A ceremony will mark the anniversary of that day and the death of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent
With a ceremonial beam of light streaming into the dusk sky, the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo stood with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Hamilton Wednesday to remember a son, brother and father who was shot and killed in Ottawa one year ago.
Surrounded by military officials and hundreds of supporters, Cirillo's sister, Nicole, told the crowd at Hamilton's Bayfront Park that his death has made life "unrecognizable" for her family.
The violence Michael Zehaf Bibeau visited upon an unsuspecting Ottawa one year ago not only killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, but irrevocably altered the way Martin Magnan looks at his own life and the people around him.
Magnan, 47, is a dapper, soft-spoken, thoughtful man. A year ago, he was a well-regarded media adviser at National Defence on his way to a meeting when Zehaf Bibeau popped out from behind the National War Memorial to gun down Cirillo before storming Parliament Hill.
Tears flowed freely in downtown Hamilton on Tuesday as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was gunned down while standing guard at the National War Monument in Ottawa, was honoured with a regimental funeral in his hometown.
Cirillo's funeral procession arrived at Christ's Church Cathedral in just before noon as thousands of onlookers stood silently in the streets to pay their respects to the young soldier. Cirillo's mother Kathy sobbed as she was helped to her seat by members of her son's regiment, overcome with grief as his flag-draped casket was carried inside.
One year ago today, a gunman shot and killed a ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial before being shot to death himself in a hail of gunfire on Parliament Hill.
The fatal shooting of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and the sounds and images of gunfire ringing through the halls of Centre Block, as security staff and frightened parliamentarians raced through corridors, climbed out of windows and locked themselves in meeting rooms, shocked the country and received media coverage worldwide.
A look at all that happened that day last year when a lone gunman killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in an attack on the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill last October. The list of stories includes a moment-by-moment account of how events unfolded after the first shots were fired at 9:52 a.m. until, at 8:25 p.m. when police finally lifted the security perimeter, although the police operation was continuing.
The six people who rushed to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's side to try to keep him alive as he lay dying in the shadow of the National War Memorial remain connected by the shock of that day one year later.
"No one else — not your husband, not your best friend — really can understand what you went through, other than those five people," said former nurse Margaret Lerhe, who was one of the first to arrive, in an interview this week.
Thousands of people lined the streets of Hamilton Friday to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as a procession carried his body home. CBC Hamilton's Adam Carter tells that story here in his own words.