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Upstate soldier killed while serving in Afghanistan

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Barrett Austin (Source: Family/Bows for Barrett Facebook page) Barrett Austin (Source: Family/Bows for Barrett Facebook page)
Flags fly at half-staff outside of Pickens High School on Monday. (Apr. 22, 2013/FOX Carolina) Flags fly at half-staff outside of Pickens High School on Monday. (Apr. 22, 2013/FOX Carolina)
DACUSVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate soldier serving in Afghanistan died after his vehicle was attacked by an enemy improvised explosive device.

Pfc. Barrett Austin, 20, of Easley, died from injuries he sustained last Thursday, according to his grandfather, Donald Austin.

Family said Barrett Austin was driving a military vehicle when he ran over an explosive device. The device detonated, leaving Barrett Austin severely injured.

According to the military, the attack happened in the Wardak Province on April 17. He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA.

According to Donald Austin, his grandson was flown to an Army hospital in Germany. His parents and his wife, Heather, were at his bedside when Barrett Austin passed away Sunday afternoon, according to family.

The family is expected to return with Barrett Austin's remains on Wednesday.

Funeral plans have not yet been announced.

According to a memorial Facebook group set up in Barrett Austin's memory, he attended Dacusville and Pickens high schools, where flags were flown at half-staff on Monday.

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