The 22-year-old was working for a private military contracting company when he was killed on Monday. Cancel’s mother, Rebecca Cabrera, told CNN that the company had sent her to Ukraine, and that she was being paid while fighting there.
Cancel, a former U.S. Marine, according to his mother, signed up to work for a private military contracting company alongside his full-time job in Tennessee shortly before the start of the war in Ukraine in late February, Cabrera said. Said. Cabrera said that when the war broke out, the company, according to Cabrera, was looking for contractors to fight in Ukraine and agreed to cancel.
“He wanted to go because he believed that Ukraine was fighting for it, and he wanted to be a part of it to keep it there, so he didn’t come here, and maybe our American troops. There’s no need to get involved, “Cabrera told CNN in a phone interview.
Cabrera said Kansel flew to Poland on March 12 and entered Ukraine sometime between March 12 and 13.
Cabrera said the group of men fighting the cancellation was from “all different countries.”
Cabrera was told by people who had informed him of his son’s death that his body had not been found.
“They have not found his body,” he said. “They are trying, the people who were with him, to either seize his body or kill him, but we would like him to come back to us.”
A State Department official said he was “aware of these reports and is keeping a close eye on the situation.”
“Due to privacy concerns, we have no further comment,” the official added. “We reiterate that American citizens should not travel to Ukraine because of the active armed conflict and the isolation of American citizens in Ukraine by Russian government security personnel, and that the American presence in Ukraine Citizens should leave immediately if it is safe to do so, using any commercial or other privately available land transport option. ”
Cabrera said Cancel left behind a 7-month-old baby and a wife. Kensell’s brother-in-law, Devin Titz Jr., said Kensell had lived in Tennessee before moving to Ukraine, and was originally from Orange County, New York.
“Always put everyone ahead of you,” Cabrera said.
Cabrera said of his son, “He was a really thoughtful person. He always put everyone ahead of him, even when things were so stressful.” “He always made everyone laugh and keep calm. He was the man who stood up when everyone else was standing behind him.”
Tetzey said the cancellation was “a kind of fight for the right regardless of the outcome”, when asked why the cancellation had decided to join the fight in Ukraine.
“He was convinced that this should not have happened and that he wanted to help the people of Ukraine,” Tetze said in a phone interview.
Cabrera said Cancel “wanted” the military agreement to work.
“It was something he believed in his heart, it was the right thing to do. He was the kind of man who always stepped forward when everyone else stepped back, and there were a lot of people who were with him. Were. ” Cabrera said.
Earlier on Thursday, the British government confirmed that a British national had been killed in Ukraine, and said that officials were “immediately seeking more information” about the other missing, according to the British Foreign Office. The spokesman told CNN.
“We can confirm that a British citizen was killed in Ukraine and he is supporting his family,” he said.
CNN’s Kylie Atwood contributed to this report.