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Washingtonville community mourns former student

The Washingtonville Central School District mourns the death of a former student, Willy Joseph Cancel, who was killed fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in Ukraine. 

Cancel attended Washingtonville schools for grades two through ten before transferring to Newburgh Free Academy. While attending Washingtonville High School, Cancel was a member of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (JROTC).

The 22-year old was working with a private military contracting company when he was killed on Monday, Apr. 25. Cancel’s mother told CNN, “he wanted to go over because he believed in what Ukraine was fighting for.”

The Washingtonville Central School District expresses our deepest sympathy and condolences to Cancel’s family and friends.