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Slain Canadian Soldier Takes 'Highway of Heroes' Home

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Image: A photograph of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo is displayed at a makeshift memorial in honour of his death, as people pay their respects in Hamilton
A photograph of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo is displayed at a makeshift memorial in honor of his death, as people pay their respects outside of The Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote Armoury in Hamilton October 23, 2014. A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and Cirillo was fatally shot at the nearby Canada War Memorial, jolting the Canadian capital. MARK BLINCH / Reuters

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Canadian police and military will escort the body of a soldier who was shot dead earlier this week from the nation's capital to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, by way of the country's "Highway of Heroes."

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed while guarding Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday. Hamilton police will join Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, members of Canada's reserve, in the procession, which will travel Ontario Highway 401. The road is designated the Highway of Heroes because it is often traveled by funeral convoys for fallen Canadian Forces personnel from a major military base in Trenton to the coroner's office in Toronto.

Cirillo, 25, who was part of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment, was remembered by relatives as a "wonderful young man." The gunman, who was also later shot dead, was identified as Michael Joseph Hall, 32, an Islam convert who used the name Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

The procession is expected to reach Hamilton sometime between 6 and 7 p.m. ET.

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