How sad. The Canadian soldier who was shot to death in Ottawa leaves behind an adorable little boy named Marcus who just started Kindergarten this fall.
Nathan Cirillo, just 24 years old, was taken from the world far too soon. The soldier, now a Canadian hero, was guarding the National War Memorial when an Islamist shooter opened fire and killed him. Sadly, this means Nathan’s son, Marcus, will now grow up without his father.
Nathan Cirillo’s Son Marcus Now Fatherless After Shooting
As Canada grieves the handsome soldier that was shot to death by an Islamist gunman on Oct. 22 in Ottawa, the world is learning more about him.
Nathan was a beloved son who cared deeply for animals, especially his dogs, and more than anything his little boy: Marcus.
In multiple different pictures on Nathan’s Instagram account, he is posing closely with Marcus. There are even some silly photos of the two sharing a smile and a laugh — memories Marcus will surely never forget.
On Sept. 2, Nathan shared a photo of Marcus holding up a sign that read: “My first day in senior kindergarten. St. Eugene School.”
In the caption, Nathan proudly joked that it was time for his son to learn how to “pick up” girls as he started school.
Less than two months later, Marcus’ father was killed by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau — a Canadian-born converted Islamist who was later shot dead inside the parliament building.
Nathan’s Girlfriend Mourns Him With Instagram Tribute
At the time of Nathan’s death, he was dating a beautiful young girl who is only known as “Andrea P.” thanks to her Instagram account.
In a photo shared just hours after Nathan’s death, Andrea wrote the following caption in her boyfriend’s honor:
RIP Nathan baby. I love you, my life will never be the same, having known you. You were the best boyfriend I could have asked for. Your death was senseless and horrible, but your memory will always be bright and full of happiness. Xoxo Love you Big Bear.
Later, Andrea also shared a screencap of the last text message he sent her. A sweet “good morning” text with an apology for falling asleep before Skyping with her the night before.
Our thoughts go out to Nathan’s family and friends, especially his devastated parents and his adorable little boy, Marcus.
— Lauren Cox