Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mother of Canadian Killed Fighting ISIL Is Waiting to Bring Her Son's Body Home

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mother of Canadian Killed Fighting ISIL Is Waiting to Bring Her Son's Body Home

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Canadian killed fighting ISIL; mom to bring his body home

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The mother of a Canadian who was killed while fighting the Islamic State said she doesn't know when she'll be able to bring her son's body home.

Valerie Carder said that right now, repatriating John Robert Gallagher's body is her priority, but for the time being, all she can do is wait.

Gallagher, 32, was killed in Syria fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Wednesday.

"There is definitely action ongoing right now to bring him home," she said. "And that is our focus right now. To bring him home."

While initial reports said Gallagher was killed by a suicide bomber, the National Post reported Saturday he was shot at close range.

Carder said she's received conflicting information about the cause of his death. …

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