Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed in a terrorist attack in Ottawa Wednesday

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated October 23, 2014 07:00 PM
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As flags fly at half-mast in Canada, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s dogs wait for a master who is not coming home.

Canadians are mourning the army reservist killed Wednesday in a terrorist attack in Ottawa that also put the Parliament building on lockdown and left three others injured. The gunman, who is believed to be a radicalized jihadist, was also shot and killed, ABC News reports.

Cirillo, 24, was guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Ottawa’s National War Memorial, when he was shot by the gunman, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who then hijacked a car and drove to the Centre Block on Parliament Hill where senior government offices are located.

Cirillo was a father and dog lover, and his Instagram and Facebook pages are full of photos with his pups.

“He was the type of guy that would go out of his way to make someone smile if they were having a bad day. He was all about family, friends and loyalty,” friend Danielle Townsend told the Associated Press.

A photo posted on Twitter shows Cirillo’s dogs peering under a wooden gate alongside some Canadian flags and flowers left in tribute for their fallen owner.

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