Their noses peeking out from under the fence, Nathan Cirillo’s dogs wait patiently for their dad – unaware that he will never be coming home.
A day after the 24-year-old Canadian reservist and single dad was gunned down in Ottawa on Wednesday, his forlorn dogs could be seen peering out from his family’s home in Hamilton, Ontario.
Cirillo was devoted to his animals, posting image after image of him grinning beside them to his Instagram feed. Friends also recounted the story of him recently finding an abandoned, emaciated puppy that he nursed back to heath and then re-homed.
‘Found him a pretty home, hope he has a good life,’ Cirillo wrote just four weeks ago of the pup.
Cirillo, who was shot dead as he stood guard at the National War Memorial outside the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday, also leaves behind a six-year-old son.
He was bringing up the boy, Marcus, alone – with help from his mother, Kathy – after the boy’s mother was no longer in the picture, friends have said.
Former girlfriend Randi Lotsberg said that Cirillo lit up whenever he spoke about his son.
‘He stepped up. Definitely admirable,’ she told The Star. ‘I feel so bad right now for his kid. Now his son doesn’t have a dad.’
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