By TORREY ANDERSONSCHOEPE
Reporters covering the aftermath of the deadly terror attack in Canada's capitol this week captured heartbreaking images of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's dogs waiting for their owner to come home.
Cpl. Cirillo, the 24-year-old soldier guarding Ottawa's national war memorial, was killed when Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, opened fire and then stormed the parliament building where he was gunned down by the sergeant-at-arms.
This photo by reporter Molly Hayes from The Hamilton Spectator has been retweeted more than 2,000 times and garnered an outpouring of empathetic responses.
Cirillo's dogs. Such a sad sight. pic.twitter.com/LTnPxOMlT6
- molly hayes (@MollyatTheSpec) October 23, 2014
The Canadian Press tweeted this image from photographer Peter Power, which was also met with tenderhearted responses.
- The Canadian Press (@CdnPress) October 23, 2014
Photos from Cpl. Cirillo's Facebook page show him cuddling and playing with dogs, some of which have now been shared thousands of times.