Monday, March 28, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the friends and family of this courageous young hero. He died defending freedom.
For the first time in 2011, a Canadian soldier has died in Afghanistan. Corporal Yannick Scherrer, from Montreal, was killed around noon Sunday by a roadside bomb during a foot patrol in the Panjwaii district southwest of Kandahar City.
He is the first Canadian to die in the Afghanistan campaign in more than three months and just the second since August 2010.
“Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Cpl. Scherrer’s family and to the soldiers and friends who served alongside him,” Canada’s top soldier in Kandahar, Brigadier-General Dean Milner, said in a statement read beside the Canadian memorial at Kandahar Airfield.
Cpl. Scherrer’s death brings the total number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 155.
Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan
March 27, 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier:
“I join all Canadians in mourning the loss of Corporal Yannick Scherrer, who was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan. Our sympathies are with his loved ones, friends and colleagues on this tragic day. The entire country is deeply saddened by your loss.
“The relentless commitment of Corporal Scherrer and other brave Canadians in Afghanistan is a source of pride to all Canadians.
“We will forever be grateful for the sacrifice made by Corporal Scherrer.