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Nathan Cirillo's Dogs Pine For Their Master After He Was Shot Dead In Ottawa

24/10/2014 10:35 BST | Updated 24/10/2014 11:59 BST

Dogs belonging to the animal-loving Canadian soldier shot dead as he guarded the National War Memorial in Ottawa have been pictured apparently pining for their master.

Corporal Nathan Cirillo was killed by gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Wednesday.

Zehaf-Bibeau was himself shot dead by parliament sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers.

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Cirillo’s hounds were pictured at the family home the day after the shootings, looking subdued as well-wishers left flowers and tributes to the 24-year-old.

The reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was father to a young son and passionate about dogs and was often seen photographed with his pets on social media.

Nathan Cirillo's dogs wait for their master

Initial reports suggested that two other gunmen may have taken part in the attacks but police said only Zehaf-Bibeau was involved and also dismissed reports of a third incident at a shopping mall.

Video filmed from inside the parliament building showed officers rushing down a large marble hallway with weapons drawn in front of them, before the sound of gunfire.

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Nathan Cirillo was shot dead as he guarded the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa

Alain Merizier, a waiter in the parliament dining room, said he was on his way to work when he saw a gunman run from a car towards the parliament.

"I saw a car suddenly stop," he told the BBC. "There was only one man in the car. He went out of the left side.

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Cirillo leaves behind a young son

"He had a long gun and he ran away to the front and went inside the parliament. I heard one shot. I saw an officer running after him."

Zehaf-Bibeau's parents have released a statement saying they wanted to "apologise for all the pain, fright and chaos" their son has caused.

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Susan Bibeau and Bulgasem Zehaf admitted they had "no explanation to offer" for what he did.

His mother added that although she spoke with him last week, she had not seen him for more than five years before that "so I have very little insight to offer".

Nathan Cirillo's dogs wait for their master