Russia-Ukraine: Life Falls Apart for Wife of Willy Cancel Killed in War

According to the murdered Willy Cancel ‘s father, the wife of a former US Marine who was killed fighting invading Russians in Ukraine has seen her life “totally fall apart” after her husband’s death.

Willy Joseph Cancel, a 22-year-old New York native, left behind his 22-year-old wife Brittany, a Marine veteran, and their seven-month-old son, Anthony, in March after taking a paid job with a private military contracting company “in order to protect the innocent” in Ukraine, according to his father’s GoFundMe page.

Willy Cancel ‘s wife received “the saddest call of her life” on Tuesday, when she learned that her husband had been killed in war, according to his father.

“‘Your husband fought bravely but unfortunately he did not make it,’” she was told in a phone call.

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“Since that April 26th phone call, her life has completely fallen apart, and now she has to figure out how to put it back together, to figure out how to raise her son without his father or financial support,” the father wrote on the fundraising site, which had raised more than $38,000 by early Saturday morning.

“As a family, we are trying to support them as much as possible and be there for each other, but Brittany and Anthony will need more than what we can provide.”

The fundraiser hopes to raise enough money to support Cancel’s wife and son.

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He will grow up without a father, a father who was brave and selfless and whose life was senselessly lost,” Cancel’s father wrote about his grandson.

“While he will grow knowing that his father died a hero, we know this will not be easy. No parent should ever have to bury their child, and no child should have to grow up without a parent.”

Cancel, who grew up in Orange County and volunteered as a firefighter in Walden, travelled to Poland on March 12 and landed in Ukraine the next day to fight alongside warriors from “all over the world,” according to his mother Rebecca Cabrera.

Cabrera said the circumstances surrounding Cancel’s death were unknown, and his body was not found right away.

Cancel previously served in the Marine Corps as a rifleman and was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps.

After breaching a lawful general order, he was given a bad-conduct discharge, according to Marine Corps spokesperson Maj. Jim Stenger.

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