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Two Canadian Soldiers who served in Afghanistan found dead

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In heartbreaking news from Canada yesterday, it was learned that two Canadian Soldiers apparently committed suicide the day after Canada’s last troops left Afghanistan.

Cpl. Alain Lacasse, 43, was found dead in his home Monday afternoon in Valcartier, Que. Although local authorities have already ruled the death a suicide they are not releasing any further details at this time.

In a separate incident in Ontario, Master Cpl. Tyson Washburn, was found dead over the weekend. Master Cpl. Washburn was a member of the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment in Pembroke, Ontario.

A spokesperson for the Department of National Defence (DND) released this statement on Master Cpl Washburn:

“The death did not take place on DND property and is currently under investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police. As such, it is inappropriate for us to comment on the investigation,”

Both men had served in Afghanistan. Cpl. Lacasse had served six tours of duty, including two in Bosnia and one in Afghanistan.

There was no deployment or commendation information available regarding Master Cpl. Washburn.

A Canadian news source said today some 20 specially trained Soldiers will deploy to Kabul in April to provide security for the Canadian Embassy.

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