Body of latest soldier killed in Afghan mission arrives back home

CFB TRENTON, Ont. — The body of the latest soldier killed in Afghanistan has returned home.

The casket carrying the remains of Pte. Kevin McKay is brought from the aircraft to a waiting hearse past a group of his comrades who returned with his remains to Canada following their tour of duty at CFB Trenton Sunday

The casket carrying the remains of Pte. Kevin McKay is brought from the aircraft to a waiting hearse past a group of his comrades who returned with his remains to Canada following their tour of duty at CFB Trenton Sunday

CFB TRENTON, Ont. — The body of the latest soldier killed in Afghanistan has returned home.

Private Kevin McKay’s flag-draped casket arrived at CFB Trenton aboard a military transport plane before being driven along the “Highway of Heroes” — the stretch of Highway 401 from Trenton to Toronto.

McKay was killed by a roadside bomb on Thursday while on foot patrol just southwest of Kandahar city.

His tour in Afghanistan was due to end this weekend.

The 24-year old had been based in Edmonton and was a native of the north Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill.

His family was joined by Governor General Michaelle Jean, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Chief of Defence Staff General Walter Natynczyk at today’s repatriation.

He’s the 144th Canadian soldier to die in the Afghan mission since Canada began its war effort in 2002.

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