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Cpl. Nathan Cirillo: fellow reservist's father reacts

One Winnipeg man is calling the shooting in Ottawa this week that killed a Canadian reservist "a despicable and cowardly act.”

Jim Stevenson's son, Branden, was best friends with Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo: fellow reservist's father reacts

8 years ago
Duration 2:14
One Winnipeg man is calling the shooting in Ottawa this week that killed a Canadian reservist "a despicable and cowardly act.”

One Winnipeg man is calling the shooting in Ottawa this week that killed a Canadian reservist "a despicable and cowardly act.”

Jim Stevenson's son, Branden, was best friends with Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, and was with him at the War Memorial the day a gunman opened fire.
Jim Stevenson's son Branden was present the day of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed in the nation's capital. (CBC)

Stevenson said he learned about the shooting while at work. He saw his son's picture and Cirillo's on television and heard one of the soldiers had died.
Branden Stevenson (left) and Nathan Cirillo (right). (Branden Stevenson)

Stevenson tried to get a hold of his son to determine his whereabouts, but didn't hear back immediately.

After contacting a few Ottawa hospitals, Stevenson called the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment in Hamilton and spoke to one of Branden's friends.

"I called the armouries in Hamilton and one of the younger guys is a friend of Branden's, told me he was okay and I asked how Nathan was,” said Stevenon. “That's when I knew.”

Stevenson said he will be travelling to Hamilton next week to be with his son Branden, and to attend the funeral of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

"The army called me the other night and said that he was with his friends, he's in good hands, he's going to receive counselling, and they reassured all my questions that I had and I just, I told them to tell him that I love him, and that I look forward to seeing him."

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