Unfortunate news has surfaced from Ukraine.
A former U.S. Marine who was sent to Ukraine by the private military contractor he worked for, lost his life in a firefight in Ukraine.
Willy Joseph Cancel lost his life while fighting beside Ukraine forces and was killed by Russian gunfire.
Cancel’s wife is deeply saddened by the tragedy and is wishing for his body to be sent back so a proper funeral can take place.
Since the Ukraine-Russia war mercenaries from the United States have been sent to Ukraine in large numbers but Cancel’s death is one of the first former US marines to be reported.
The former U.S. Marine, 22-year-old Willy Joseph Cancel, is the first American to have been killed fighting for Ukraine.
He leaves behind a wife and 7-month-old daughter.
Rest In Peace. Ukraine will not forget your sacrifice!
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The Daily Mail shared these details:
A former U.S. Marine was killed while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces after the private security firm he worked for sent him to war.
The family of Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, of Orange County New York, confirmed that the husband and father of a seven-month-old son had died in the Ukraine fighting Russian forces on Monday, CNN reported.
He is survived by his wife Brittany, who he married in July 2019, as well as the couple’s seven month-old son Anthony.
Cancel’s mother, Rebecca Cabrera, said her son was working for a private military contracting company when he agreed to take up a job to fight in the Ukraine following Russia’s invasion in February.
‘He wanted to go over because he believed in what Ukraine was fighting for, and he wanted to be a part of it to contain it there so it didn’t come here, and that maybe our American soldiers wouldn’t have to be involved in it,’ Cabrera told CNN.
The circumstances of Cancel’s death remain unclear, including how and where he was killed.
BREAKING (AP): Relatives say a former U.S. Marine has been killed fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in war with Russia. Rebecca Cabrera said her son, 22-year-old Willy Joseph Cancel, was killed Monday while working for a military contracting company.
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BREAKING: Former US Marine from Orange County, 22-year-old Willy Cancel, killed fighting in Ukraine – according to multiple reports.
Photo courtesy – Willy and Brittany Cancel/Facebook pic.twitter.com/Z3Za2Hpv40
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ABC News added these details:
A former U.S. Marine was killed alongside Ukrainian forces in the war with Russia, his relatives told news outlets in what’s the first known death of an American citizen fighting in Ukraine.
Rebecca Cabrera told CNN her 22-year-old son, Willy Joseph Cancel, was killed Monday while working for a military contracting company that sent him to Ukraine. Cancel had recently worked as a corrections officer in Tennessee and had previously served in the Marines from 2017-21.
Cabrera said her son had signed up to work with the private military contractor shortly before fighting began in Ukraine on Feb. 24. She told CNN he agreed to go to Ukraine.
“He wanted to go over because he believed in what Ukraine was fighting for, and he wanted to be a part of it to contain it there so it didn’t come here, and that maybe our American soldiers wouldn’t have to be involved in it,” she said.
Cabrera said her son’s body has not been found.