The funeral of a soldier killed by a gunman in Ottawa has taken place in his home town. Thousands lined the streets as a full military procession escorted Corporal Nathan Cirillo’s coffin to Hamilton’s Christ’s Church Cathedral, where mourners paid tribute to the 24-year-old soldier.
Cpl Cirillo was shot in the back as he stood on guard at a war memorial in the Canadian capital on 22 October in what Prime Minister Stephen Harper called a terrorist attack.
The gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, went on to storm Canada’s parliament complex before he was shot dead.
Speaking at the service, Mr Harper said Cpl Cirillo had united and inspired Canadians.
“Our hearts are broken for his loss, but our spirits are grateful for his memory,” he said, at times appearing to choke back tears.
“May his son, young Marcus Daniel Cirillo, someday find comfort in the fact that our entire country looks up to his Dad with pride, with gratitude, with deep, abiding respect.”