Priede said her 30-year-old son, who was married a few years ago and was based at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick, was eager to capture images of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.

“We’re very proud of him,” she said, choking back tears and pausing to regain her composure.

“Our son was exemplary ... He didn’t have one black mark in the military ... He enjoyed what he did because he always wanted to capture as much good as possible.”

Priede said her son entered the military as a gunner in 1996 and later served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia.