Canadian soldier killed in Ottawa Parliament attack to be laid to rest

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Family's Tribute to Shot Soldier

By SCOTT MALONE

(Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and hundreds of mourners are expected to pack into a cathedral in industrial Hamilton, Ontario, on Tuesday for the funeral of the soldier shot dead in last week's attack on the nation's seat of government.

Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, was one of two soldiers killed in a pair of attacks police said were carried out independently by radical recent converts to Islam at a time when Canada's military is stepping up its involvement in air strikes against Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

The killings have shaken Canadians and prompted a debate on how the nation's open culture, and particularly the low-key security in its capital city of Ottawa, may need to change. Security services have warned that citizens who adopt extremist views and take up arms against the state pose a "serious" threat.

Cirillo was standing an unarmed, ceremonial watch at the nation's war memorial on Oct. 22 when he was shot dead by a man described as troubled and drug addicted. His attacker then charged into the Parliament building and exchanged fire with security officers not far from a room where Harper was meeting with fellow Conservative lawmakers.

Cirillo will have a full military funeral at the 138-year-old gothic Christ's Church Anglican Cathedral in his hometown of Hamilton, west of Toronto. Members of his military unit, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, will participate, dressed in ceremonial kilts, white boots and garters.

It will be the first of two funerals for soldiers slain on Canadian soil, to be followed by a service on Saturday in Longueuil, Quebec, for Patrice Vincent, a 53-year-old warrant officer who was killed on Oct. 20 when a man ran over him and a fellow soldier with his car.

Public mourning for Cirillo began on Friday when thousands of Canadians lined roadways, including the "Highway of Heroes," to view the motorcade that carried his body on the 500 kilometer (310 miles) journey from Ottawa along Lake Ontario to Hamilton.

The funeral procession will begin at 11 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) on Tuesday at the military unit's base, with the funeral service to take place an hour later, officials said.

Harper is scheduled to speak, as are Cirillo's cousin, Jenny Holland, and Lieutenant-Colonel Lawrence Hatfield, who had been his commanding officer.

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Canadian soldier killed in Ottawa Parliament attack to be laid to rest
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 25: A fan holds a sign honoring fallen Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo prior to NHL game action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins October 25, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 24 - The body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the young soldier killed in Ottawa on Wednesday, travels past Apppleby Line along the 407 ETR in Burlington en route to home his Hamilton home,October 24, 2014. (Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
RICHMOND HILL, ON- OCTOBER 24 Richmond Hill Fire fighters stand on top of Aerial 836 as the motorcade passes under the Bridge on the 407 at Bayview ave. The body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo,the young soldier killed in Ottawa on Wednesday, passes under the Bayview Ave overpass on the 407 as he travels home to Hamilton on the Highway of Heroes on Friday. in Richmond Hill. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
RICHMOND HILL, ON- OCTOBER 24 Canadians stand in tribute as the hearse carrying the body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo passes under the Bridge on the 407at Bayview ave.. The body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo,the young soldier killed in Ottawa on Wednesday, passes under the Bayview Ave overpass on the 407 as he travels home to Hamilton on the Highway of Heroes on Friday. in Richmond Hill. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
RICHMOND HILL, ON- OCTOBER 24 Canadians stand in tribute as the hearse carrying the body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo passes under the Bridge on the 407at Bayview ave.. The body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo,the young soldier killed in Ottawa on Wednesday, passes under the Bayview Ave overpass on the 407 as he travels home to Hamilton on the Highway of Heroes on Friday. in Richmond Hill. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
RICHMOND HILL, ON- OCTOBER 24 Two sisters from St. Catharines from a militry family came up to show their support Lea Fogg (holding the yellow ribbon flag) and Diane Zeleny wave to people on the highway The body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo,the young soldier killed in Ottawa on Wednesday, passes under the Bayview Ave overpass on the 407 as he travels home to Hamilton on the Highway of Heroes on Friday. in Richmond Hill. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
RICHMOND HILL, ON- OCTOBER 24 David Smith and his son Liam 7, and their dog Felix came out to pay tribute to the fallen. The body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo,the young soldier killed in Ottawa on Wednesday, passes under the Bayview Ave overpass on the 407 as he travels home to Hamilton on the Highway of Heroes on Friday. in Richmond Hill. October 24, 2014. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 24: Pickering, Ontario - OCTOBER 24, 2014 Carlos Novoa from Ajax and his family carry the Canadian flag as they and others leave the Brock Street bridge after the hearse of Corporal Nathan Cirillo passed the Brock Street Bridge in Pickering. About 200 people have gathered, some for hours, to wait for the procession on the Brock Street bridge. (Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 24: Pickering, Ontario - OCTOBER 24, 2014 About 200 people have gathered on the Brock Street bridge and another 300 by the fence of a local plaza to honor Corporal Nathan Cirillo along the Highway of Heroes. As the procession approached the crowd fell silent and began singing a very subdued rendition of Oh Canada. (Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 24: Pickering, Ontario - OCTOBER 24, 2014 Carol Walke gives a gentle wave of thanks to Corporal Nathan Cirillo as his hearse passes the Brock Street Bridge in Pickering at 6:13 PM. People have gathered some for hours to wait for the procession on the Brock Street bridge. (Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 24: Pickering, Ontario - OCTOBER 24, 2014 People on the Brock Street bridge in Pickering cast a shadow as a car is about to drive under. People have gathered some for hours to wait for the procession on the Brock Street bridge. (Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 26 - Mourners gather to pay their respects to Corporal Nathan Cirillo Sunday October 26, 2014 outside of the armoury on James Street North in Hamilton where Cirillo served as a reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. (Tara Walton/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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OTTAWA, ON - OCTOBER 24: People watch as the hearse carrying the body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was killed two days ago by a gunman while he guarded the National War Memorial, drives past during a precession from Ottawa to Cirillo's hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on October 24, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 25: Members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Royal Canadian Air Force take part in an on-ice ceremony honoring fallen Canadian soldiers Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent prior to NHL game action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins October 25, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
Tonight, the City of Hamilton honours Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at City Hall. @theArgylls @CanadianForces #HamOnt http://t.co/CgVd4FAc1f
BRAMPTON - OCTOBER 24 - People gathered on Mclaughlin Road overpass of Hwy 407 to pay their respects to the hearse.The remains of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo were driven home to Hamilton on October 24, 2014. The procession from Ottawa to Hamilton passed through Toronto and the northern suburbs. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - OCTOBER 24: A soldier in the Canadian Army stands guard at the National War Memorial during a ceremony at the memorial on October 24, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. Two days ago a gunman killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a soldier guarding the memorial. The gunman then stormed the main parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - OCTOBER 24: Two men stand in silence and pay their respects to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves, who was killed two days ago while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial by a lone gunman, on October 24, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - OCTOBER 23: The flag atop the Canadian Parliament building is flown at half staff one day after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves was killed while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial by a lone gunman, on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - OCTOBER 23: Members of the Ottawa Police sweep the area in front of the National War Memorial one day after a lone gunman killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves, who was standing guard at the memorial, on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON- OCTOBER 23 - Evidence pylons surround theTomb of the Unknown Soldier at the base of the War Memorial where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot. Police continue to investigate in the aftermath of a shooting in Ottawa, where a soldier murdered at the War Memorial and a gun battle in Parliament killed the alleged gun man. in Ottawa. October 23, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Police and paramedics transport a wounded Canadian soldier on October 22, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario. Canadian police backed by armored vehicles surrounded parliament in Ottawa on Wednesday after a soldier was shot while guarding a nearby monument. Witnesses said they saw a gunman running to the parliament building after the shooting. Heavily armed police raced to seal off the building and the office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. AFP PHOTO/MICHEL COMTE (Photo credit should read MICHEL COMTE/AFP/Getty Images)
This October 22, 2014 photo shows police and medical personell moving a wounded person into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada. Parliament Hill's Centre Block is in lockdown after a Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa was shot by an unknown gunman and there are reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. AFP PHOTO / Michel COMTE (Photo credit should read MICHEL COMTE/AFP/Getty Images)
The Canadian soldier shot at the War Memorial has died, officials reported. http://t.co/uKQg1qVQm6 #OttawaShooting http://t.co/bbG09qLY26
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POLITICAL MOTIVES

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Cirillo's suspected killer, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, made a video of himself saying the attack was motivated by his opposition to Canadian foreign policy, and also had religious motives.

Officials have also described Vincent's killer, 25-year-old Martin Rouleau, as a man motivated by radical beliefs.

Both attackers were shot dead by security services.

"Terrorism has been a threat to Canada and to the safety and security of Canadians for years," RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson told lawmakers on Monday. "However, it does feel as if the events of the last couple of days have led to a sense of loss and vulnerability."

Following Cirillo's funeral, Harper is to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who will travel to Ottawa to express his condolences over the attacks.

"The secretary will emphasize steadfast U.S. support for our Canadian partners, continued close cooperation and a shared approach to countering violent extremism, and our commitment to stand beside our Canadian neighbors and friends," Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, told reporters on Monday.

Cirillo joined the Argylls in 2007, shortly after he graduated from high school. He is survived by his mother, stepfather, two sisters and young son. He also was fond of dogs; in the days after his slaying, images of two of his dogs peering out from under a fence, apparently awaiting their master's return, were widely circulated on social media.

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