A soldier from Prince George has died in an Edmonton hospital after being wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on March 6, the Ministry of National Defence said yesterday.

Cpl. Darren James Fitzpatrick, 21, was on patrol just outside of Kandahar in his first tour of duty when an improvised explosive device went off, critically injuring him.

He was flown to Edmonton where he was based as a member of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He died Saturday.

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell said, “This is a difficult time for Cpl. Fitzpatrick’s family, friends and brothers-in-arms.

“Today, we reflect on our gratitude for the men and women who serve our country, on Canadian soil and around the world. Canadians like Cpl. Fitzpatrick take on often dangerous jobs to protect our freedoms and help make the world a better place.”