BROOKLYN - A young soldier who spent most of his life in Brooklyn will be laid to rest after dying in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says 18-year-old Private Errol Milliard was killed on the Fourth of July after enemy forces attacked his unit with a grenade.

The Birmingham News reports that the teenager grew up in Brooklyn, but transferred to Alabama during his senior year in high school. It also says he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star medal, the Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal.

A funeral was held in Bed-Stuy Sunday, and published reports say he will be buried on Long Island.