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Timeline: From the death of Warrant Officer Vincent to the funeral for Cpl. Cirillo

10/28/2014 05:21 EDT | Updated 12/28/2014 05:59 EST
The deaths of two soldiers killed in separate attacks last week brought forth an extraordinary reaction in Canada. Here is a timeline of some key events -- the deaths of the soldiers and the aftermath:

Monday, Oct. 20:

— A man deliberately drives his car into two Canadian Forces members in a shopping centre parking lot in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que. Police fatally shoot the 25-year-old driver after he rolls the car while being pursued by officers south of Montreal.

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Tuesday, Oct. 21:

— Fifty-three-year-old warrant officer Patrice Vincent, a 28-year veteran of the Canadian Forces, dies of injuries sustained in the parking lot attack.

— Police identify the driver as 25-year-old Martin Couture-Rouleau, who had been known to them since June when they detected "radical ideology" on his Facebook page. He had his passport confiscated and had earlier been arrested after trying to leave Canada for Turkey.

— Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office says the driver had "become radicalized."

— Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says the incident "is clearly linked to terrorist ideology," with police saying one of the two soldiers was in uniform at the time of the hit-and-run.

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Wednesday, Oct. 22:

— Witnesses report seeing a man carrying a gun at around 9:50 and approaching two Canadian soldiers standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. They say he came from behind the monument so the guards could not see him and fired two shots point-blank range at one soldier. The killer fires at the second guard, but misses. Witnesses hear the suspect yell something in English and then run north.

9:52 a.m. — Police say the first 911 calls come in. They later confirm the soldier dies, despite efforts by passersby to save him.

9:53 a.m. — Security video later released shows the gunman as he commandeers a cabinet minister's idling car on Parliament Hill and drives it up to the Centre Block's front doors. He enters Centre Block and exchanges gunfire with security guards and RCMP officers, wounding one of the guards. He is believed fatally shot by Kevin Vickers, sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons.

— Family members identify the soldier killed at the National War Memorial as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Hamilton. The gunman is identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf Bibeau, known to police in Montreal and Vancouver.

— Harper delivers a televised address to the country, saying the attack on Parliament Hill will harden Canada's resolve to crack down on terrorists at home and abroad.

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Thursday, Oct. 23:

— Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms, enters the House of Commons to thunderous applause, less than 24 hours after he was credited with helping shoot dead the gunman on the Hill.

— It emerges that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was holed up in a closet-like space in the Conservative caucus room while the gunfire echoed through the halls of Parliament.

— MPs break into a spontaneous rendition of O Canada when they return to work in the Commons after Speaker Andrew Scheer blessed the gathering with a prayer for "wisdom, knowledge and understanding."

— Michael Zehaf Bibeau's mother issues a statement, saying she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.

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Friday, Oct. 24:

— Hundreds line the Highway of Heroes as a motorcade carrying Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's remains travels from Ottawa to his hometown of Hamilton.

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Sunday, Oct. 26:

— The RCMP says it has evidence that indicates the attack that killed a Canadian soldier in Ottawa and resulted in a gunfight on Parliament Hill was driven by ``ideological and political motives.''

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Monday, Oct. 27:

— RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says after testifying at a Senate committee that a video made by attacker Michael Zehaf Bibeau shows him lucidly explaining the basis for his actions, which related to Canada's foreign policy and his religious beliefs.

Tuesday, Oct. 28:

— Prime Minister Stephen Harper attends funeral in Hamilton for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who will be buried in a field of honour.

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AHEAD: Saturday, Nov. 1:

—Scheduled date for funeral for Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. It is to be held at the Longueuil Cathedral in Longueuil, Que

(Source: RCMP, The Canadian Press)