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Canadian PM addresses crowd gathered to honor the life of a soldier shot dead by a gunman

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper rises as the coffin of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo is arrives at his regimental funeral service in Hamilton, Ontario,  on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Cirillo was standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa last Wednesday when he was killed by a gunman who went on to open fire on Parliament Hill before being shot down in a hail of bullets.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper rises as the coffin of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo is arrives at his regimental funeral service in Hamilton, Ontario, on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Cirillo was standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa last Wednesday when he was killed by a gunman who went on to open fire on Parliament Hill before being shot down in a hail of bullets. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kathy Cirillo cries during the regimental funeral service for her son, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, as Marcus Cirillo, Nathan Cirillo's son his held by his aunt Natasha Cirillo in Hamilton, Ontario  on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.  Cirillo was standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa last Wednesday when he was killed by a gunman who went on to open fire on Parliament Hill before being shot down in a hail of bullets.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Kathy Cirillo cries during the regimental funeral service for her son, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, as Marcus Cirillo, Nathan Cirillo's son his held by his aunt Natasha Cirillo in Hamilton, Ontario on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Cirillo was standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa last Wednesday when he was killed by a gunman who went on to open fire on Parliament Hill before being shot down in a hail of bullets. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kathy Cirillo, second from left, and Marcus Cirillo, bottom right, mother and son of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, attend his funeral in Hamilton, Ontario  on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.  Cirillo was standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa last Wednesday when he was killed by a gunman who went on to open fire on Parliament Hill before being shot down in a hail of bullets.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Kathy Cirillo, second from left, and Marcus Cirillo, bottom right, mother and son of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, attend his funeral in Hamilton, Ontario on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Cirillo was standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa last Wednesday when he was killed by a gunman who went on to open fire on Parliament Hill before being shot down in a hail of bullets. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)  (The Associated Press)

Prime Stephen Harper offers emotional praise at the funeral of a soldier shot dead by a gunman who then stormed Canada's seat of government last week.

Harper spoke Tuesday about the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, gunned down as he stood as a ceremonial guard at Ottawa's National War Memorial in what the prime minister has called a terrorist attack.

Near the Christ's Church Cathedral, people lined up four deep to watch a procession of soldiers carrying Cirillo's coffin. At one point a group of young women sang the national anthem, drawing applause from the crowd.

Cirillo's killer, 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was shot dead by the sergeant-at-arms after he ran into the Parliament building.