Statement from the family of Lt. William Turner

Lt. William TurnerThe Department of National Defence this afternoon issued the following statement on behalf of the family of Lt. William Turner (left):

EDMONTON – Toyo Turner, the sister of Lieutenant William Turner, who was killed on April 22, 2006 while serving in Afghanistan, wishes to issue the following statement to the media:

“I want to first extend my deepest sympathy to the families of Cpl. Randy Payne, Bombardier Myles Mansell, and Cpl. Matthew Dinning. I share in the grief that you are all feeling, and want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I want the Canadian public to know that my brother died doing what he loved and doing what he truly believed in. Bill knew that he was making a difference to the people in Afghanistan and wanted to continue this effort despite the obstacles that our troops face. Our family is going to continue supporting our troops, Bill's second family, who remain in Afghanistan. We are committed to supporting what he so strongly believed in.

I also want to send a message to our troops. Bill spoke so highly of all of you, particularly those soldiers in A Company who supported him after Captain Trevor Greene was injured. He met a lot of wonderful people, and really appreciated the connections he made with all of you, including the Americans who shared his love for NCAA basketball. I want you to shake off what has happened to your comrades and focus on keeping yourself and each other safe so you can come home to your families. Bill's family continues to be behind you all 100% and believe in what you are accomplishing. Thank you for supporting us.”


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