Thursday, October 23, 2014

His Name Was Nathan Cirillo

I’m in a state of shock right now. It doesn’t seem right. Who attacks Canada, honestly? Instead of focusing on the shooter, let’s not give the bastard a second of notoriety. Instead, let’s focus on Nathan Cirillo. Here he is posing with a tourist from California. (Credit: Sarke1 of Reddit).

Here he is at work. (Credit: nemisis84).

And with his dog. (Credit: da_corn).

This handsome man was murdered today in a senseless act that left Canada — and the rest of the world — reeling. I will never print the shooter’s name, nor will I speak it aloud. Men like that are attention-seekers. They want remembrance. They want their names listed alongside Timothy McVeigh and Mohammed Atta. If we give them what they want, they’ve won, and that would make this tragedy even more heinous. 

Each October 22, I will think, not of the shooter, but of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, killed just before ten yesterday morning at the National War Monument in Ottawa. He was twenty-four years old.

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