Kathy Cirillo (C), the mother of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, reacts while following pallbearers carrying his casket from a funeral home in Ottawa October 24, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
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A gunman who stormed Canada's parliament after killing a soldier at a nearby war memorial was a petty criminal fighting a drug addiction and was estranged from his family, reports said Friday.Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, had moved across the country to westernmost British Columbia province to try to start over following a drug conviction in Montreal.Disillusioned and addicted to crack cocaine, he was drawn to Islam a decade ago as he tried to turn his life around, Canadian media reported, but ended up driving Muslims away as he became increasingly radicalized.The Globe & Mail newspaper said he would preach to non-Muslims one day and smoke crack cocaine the next."He was very pious ... but he seemed very extreme," shelter volunteer Abdel Kareem Abubakir told the newspaper.He had sought a Libyan passport in recent days but had been unsuccessful, an official at the Libyan Embassy in Ottawa said Friday.
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