October 26, 2014 - 9:20 AM
HAMILTON - A private visitation is to be held tonight at a Hamilton funeral home for the soldier shot at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was standing guard at the monument when he was gunned down by a homeless man with a rifle on Wednesday.
The Markey-Dermody Funeral Home says a public visitation for the 24-year-old Canadian Forces reservist is scheduled for Monday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thousands of people — some holding supportive signs or waving the Maple Leaf — paid their respects to Cirillo as he made his final journey back to his hometown on Friday along the Highway of Heroes.
Cirillo's family issued a statement Friday evening thanking Canadians for their support.
Gunman Michael Zehaf Bibeau was shot dead by Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons, after he entered Centre Block through the front doors, with RCMP in hot pursuit.
A regimental funeral for Cirillo is scheduled for Tuesday, and he is to be buried in a field of honour at a Hamilton cemetery.
A dog peeks out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario near flowers and flags that have been left on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist with Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, based in Hamilton, was shot dead in Ottawa Wednesday during an attack by an armed gunman at Parliament Hill.
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