Nathan Cirillo, Reservist Soldier, Killed In National War Memorial Shooting

10/22/2014 04:50 EDT | Updated 10/23/2014 10:59 EDT

The soldier who was killed at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday has been identified.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was shot by a gunman while standing guard with another soldier at the monument Wednesday morning.

Cirillo was a Hamilton-based reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

He had a young son, his friend Marie Michele told CBC News.

"Nathan was a good man. He would give anything to anyone," she said.

Cirillo had also worked as a fitness instructor at GoodLife Fitness before becoming a reservist and enjoyed country music, the network reported.

He had been in training to work for the Canada Border Services Agency, his aunt told The Globe and Mail.

A Twitter user posted this photo of Cirillo at the memorial on Wednesday.

He maintained an active profile on Instagram, where he posted several photos.

Just another day at work :) #army #Canada #Scottish #Ottawa #kilts #sexy #dam #argylls #canadianarmy

A photo posted by Nathan Cirillo (@ncitaly) on

Ok I guess I'm a pillow...<3 #germanshepard #belgiumshepard #malinois #dogs #cute #cuddles #Hamilton #movietime

A photo posted by Nathan Cirillo (@ncitaly) on

Many Twitter users paid tribute to the soldier:


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