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.
On Sunday, we asked a very handsome guard for a picture with my friend visiting from Cali - RIP Nathan Cirillo pic.twitter.com/q80EZ6nwmo— Megan Underwood (@megunder) October 22, 2014
He maintained an active profile on Instagram, where he posted several photos.
PLEASE READ - I found this dog all buy itself, it has no chip extremely skinny looking for a good home. He was shivering with an empty can of dog food. Looks about 4-5 months old, half german Shepard half mastiff please message me if you know anything about this dog. #rescue #rescuedog #Hamilton #spca #germanshepard. #mastiff
Many Twitter users paid tribute to the soldier:
The important name right now is Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. #ottawa— Shannon McKarney (@zchamu) October 22, 2014
Nathan Cirillo. His name should be trending, and not the name of his alleged shooter. Spread the word.— Kristi Colleen (@KristiColleen) October 22, 2014
Rest in peace Nathan Cirillo. condolences to family and friends. sadness touches us all today...— Kimberly May (@ugottabekiddin) October 22, 2014
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