An Army soldier who went to high school in New Jersey died Monday while serving in Afghanistan.
Brunkhorst graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan High School in 2003. Friends say he was a member of the football and track teams. He joined the Army after graduating high school.
Brunkhorst was on his second tour of duty when he was killed. Friends call him a patriot and say when his five-year commitment had ended in August he immediately decided to re-enlist.
The Department of Defense has not yet released the details surrounding his death.
Brunkhorst is survived by his wife, Krystal and their young daughter Kendall.