CALGARY -- In many ways, it was a suicide seven years in the making.
A troubled young adult from Calgary, dead in the war-ravaged ruins of Syria -- Damian Clairmont's 22-year life sacrificed to a civil war he'd fought as fundamentalist Islamic rebel linked to al-Qaida.
It was a long way from home for a Catholic high school dropout with a history of mental illness and attempted suicide, yet those close to the Clairmont case are not surprised a bit.
"He's been there since January, and I thought if he spends enough time there, it's a matter of time," said Muhammad Robert Heft.
"No, I'm not really surprised."