Ottawa shootings: Cirillo’s body arrives home in Hamilton
By Jessica Lad
“He died a hero. And the other soldier that chased the shooter…, he didn’t have a gun on him, and he chased the shooter,” said Jim Cirillo, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s uncle. “That’s Branden [Stevenson]. [He’s] from Stoney Creek and Branden, Nathan and my son they hang out together on occasions, sleepovers and things like that. So Braden must have been pretty brave to chase the shooter, who had a gun, and he didn’t have no weapon on him and he went after the shooter. I mean that takes a lot of courage. So even Brennen is a hero himself as well too.
When asked about Cirillo’s son, Jim said, “He’s five years old; I don’t think he’s grasping much of this.”
“One of his two sisters is expecting a baby second, it’s probably gonna pop out tonight. Nathan’s mother… her son has passed away and there’s going to be another baby coming,” siad Jim Cirillo.
“One of his two sisters is expecting a baby second, it’s probably gonna pop out tonight. …Nathan’s mother … her son has passed away and there’s going to be another baby coming,” said Jim. “Maybe there is a reason all behind that we just don’t see,” said Jim. “Maybe on the other side of death there is something beautiful, and they’re probably looking for some good people, and they took him.”
“…he was good at, in sports. But he was a good human being. I’m telling you that not as an uncle but as a human being, I think Canada and the world lost one special human being, said an emotional Jim Cirillo.
He loved people, and he loved animals but he loved people and he would the shirt off his back for anybody,” said Jim.
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