Surrounded by family and friends, they read a brief statement to reporters Thursday afternoon, describing their son as a devoted soldier who lived life to the fullest.

Angela Reid expected her son home in a few weeks. She spoke to him on Wednesday and said her final words were "continue to be on high alert."

She said he supported Canada's decision to stay in Afghanistan and loved the LAV III, the vehicle he was riding in when he died.

"Please support our troops" was her closing message to reporters.