Brooklyn Friends, Family Mourn Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Army Pvt. Errol "Elijah" Milliard, 18, was killed on July 4

Monday, Jul 15, 2013  |  Updated 9:04 AM EDT
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Grenade Kills NYC Soldier, 18, in Afghanistan on Fourth of July

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Grieving family and friends gathered in Brooklyn Sunday to say goodbye to Army Pvt. Errol "Elijah" Milliard, who grew up in the borough.

Milliard, who spent the first nine years of his life in Brooklyn, was killed on the Fourth of July by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan. 

A wake was held for the 18-year-old soldier at an East Flatbush church. He will be laid to rest Monday at Calverton National Cemetery. 

He enlisted right out of high school in Alabama in 2012.

Milliard was posthumously promoted from PV2 to Private First Class and was awarded the Bronze Star medal, the Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal.

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