Statement from the family of Cpl Randy Payne

The Department of National Defence issued the following statement this afternoon on behalf of the family of Cpl Randy Payne (left):

Cpl Randy Payne

EDMONTON – The family of Cpl Randy Payne would like to express their sincere gratitude to the people of CFB/ASU Wainwright and the surrounding community who have taken the time to convey their condolences, support and well wishes in the wake of this terrible tragedy. Randy touched many lives and was a loving husband, father, brother and son. He will be sorely missed by both his family and all those who had the honour of knowing him over the years. 

In respect to those who are suffering the most during this time of great loss, it is requested that Randy's family be allowed to mourn in privacy.

In recognition of the sacrifice made by Cpl Payne and his fellow Military Policeman, Matthew Dinning, in the service of peace, there will be a public memorial service held at the Base on Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in the Tommy Prince Drill Hall. All are welcome to attend. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has indicated that donations can be made to an educational trust fund for Cpl Payne's children, Tristan and Jasmine. These trust funds have been established at the Toronto Dominion Bank in Gananoque, Ontario.

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