BROWNSBURG-CHATHAM, Que. - The family of the most recent Canadian soldier to lose his life in Afghanistan says his death was not in vain.

"It's obviously with deep sadness that we greeted the news yesterday (Monday) of our son Alexandre's death," said a statement issued through the Canadian Forces on Tuesday by the family of Pte. Alexandre (Pelo) Peloquin, 20.

"He was passionate about life and his life in the military. We find a certain comfort knowing he did not die in vain because he was doing what he loved.

"In your short life, Alexandre, we had the distinguished honour of being at your side and seeing you grow. Your devotion is no doubt the greatest memory that people who knew you and loved you will cherish the most. All these little moments in life will remain engraved in our memory forever.

"Rest in peace."

Peloquin died when a makeshift bomb exploded in the village of Nakhoney, about 15 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city in an area where insurgents have stepped up their attacks on Canadian forces. No one else was hurt in the blast.

He was a member of the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment, and was based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier near Quebec City. Peloquin was born and raised in Brownsburg-Chatham, about 75 kilometres northwest of Montreal.

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