Heartbreaking Scene at Home of Slain Canadian Soldier's Family

Parliament observed a moment of silence for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24.

ByABC NEWS
October 23, 2014, 6:56 PM

— -- The Canadian parliament observed a moment of silence today for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, the solider who was slain by a gunman in Ottawa on Wednesday while he was guarding the National War Memorial.

Those who knew Cirillo said the father and reservist was a dog lover. And today, at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario, a heartbreaking scene unfolded as two dogs peered under a gate, resting their heads near a tribute of flowers and flags as if to mourn the soldier.

PHOTO: Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario near flowers and flags that have been left out, Oct. 23, 2014.
Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario near flowers and flags that have been left out, Oct. 23, 2014.
Peter Power/The Canadian Press/AP Photo

"On behalf of all members of the House of Commons Security Services team, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Our prayers are with you," Sgt. at Arms Kevin Vickers said in a statement today. Vickers was the man who shot and killed the gunman, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

PHOTO: Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario near flowers and flags that have been left out, Oct. 23, 2014.
Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario near flowers and flags that have been left out, Oct. 23, 2014.
Peter Power/The Canadian Press/AP Photo
PHOTO: Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario near flowers and flags that have been left out, Oct. 23, 2014.
Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario near flowers and flags that have been left out, Oct. 23, 2014.
Peter Power/The Canadian Press/AP Photo

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