Crowd gathers to pay respects to Quebec-based private who died in Afghanistan

CFB TRENTON, Ont. - The 125th Canadian soldier to die as part of the Afghan mission is back in Canada.

CFB TRENTON, Ont. - The 125th Canadian soldier to die as part of the Afghan mission is back in Canada.

The remains of Pte. Sebastien Courcy arrived back in Canada on the same day officials disclosed that the 26-year-old soldier stepped on an explosive before tumbling off a clifftop to his death.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Gen. Walt Natynczyk, Canada's chief of defence staff, were among those on hand to pay their respects at CFB Trenton, east of Toronto.

Capt. Mark Peebles says a group of civilian and uniformed personnel met the military transport as it landed before Courcy's flag-draped coffin was carried to a waiting hearse.

The hearse is part of a convoy en route to the coroner's office in Toronto along a stretch of Highway 401 that's been dubbed the Highway of Heroes.

Courcy was a member of the 2e Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment (Van Doos) based at CFB Valcartier, Que.

 
 
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