- The Washington Times - Friday, October 24, 2014

Pictures from the scene of slain Canadian soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s home show his two dogs peeking beneath the wooden fence, noses outstretched right next to his makeshift memorial, anxiously and forlornly — and futilely — awaiting his return.

Cirillo, 24, was gunned down by a reported recent Muslim convert, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, as he guarded Canada’s most notable war memorial.

A photo captured by The Hamilton Spectator of his two apparently sad dogs has been retweeted more than 2,000 times, AOL News reported.

The reporter who captured the scene on film, Molly Hayes, tweeted: “Cirillo’s dogs. Such a sad sight,” AOL News said.

The Canadian Press also captured the faces of the dogs in a head-on pose, beneath the wooden fence and tweeted the photograph with the text: “PHOTO: Emotional image of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s dogs at family home in Hamilton by @CdnPress photographer Peter Power.”

Cirillo was a dog lover who posted several pictures of his pups with him on Facebook.

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