Statement from the family of Pte. Lane Watkins, 20
 
"As you can imagine, our family and community is devastated by the loss of our son Lane. Our grief is compounded by the deaths of so many of Lane's comrades and friends. To all the members of C Company who continue to soldier on in Afghanistan - please know that we are thinking of you, support you, and will continue to pray every day for your safe return. Lane was extremely proud to be a Canadian soldier and a member of 3 PPCLI. So many of us have goals and dreams, but how many of us actually give our all to pursue it? Lane was one of those rare individuals that gave 110% to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a soldier. He was committed to his work in Afghanistan, regardless of the dangers. Lane was generous with and supportive of his fellow soldiers. Lane was deeply touched by and concerned for the children of Afghanistan. Our family has suffered the most terrible loss imaginable and ask the media to please respect our need for privacy at this difficult time.  - Charles and Wanda Watkins.