By Vanessa Merjudio, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Oct. 22, 2014
OTTAWA, Canada – Ottawa remains in a state of shock the day after a lone gunman — now identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau – opened fire at Ottawa’s National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.
It is a city that is not accustomed to terrorism and many kababayans are feeling anger, fear, terror, but most of all sorrow for the loss of the life of Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the War Memorial.
“We saw tactical units going up on the roof,” accountant Gracie Ramos said. “It was surreal. People were like — we feel like we’re in homeland. This is not something you see every day in downtown Ottawa.”
Investigations are still ongoing as to what happened and if there were multiple shooters.
People have been trying to move forward and restore some form of normalcy after Wednesday’s events. However, Parliament Hill, the War Memorial, and most roads near the Hill are still closed off.
Flowers are being left near the War Memorial but the police are still asking for everyone’s cooperation so that they can conduct their investigations.
Despite all that has taken place, the attacks have unified Canadians and have made them stronger.
Jimmy Agbayani, a senior program officer at International Partnerships said he hopes the attacks won’t shape Canada’s future.
“Canada is considered one of the safest and one of the best places to live.,” Agbayani said. “To have this happen in Canada at this time really is much of a surprise to all Canadians. Prime Minister Harper is really determined to make sure that we are not intimidated and this is going to be an isolated incident.”