JERSEY CITY, NJ(CBSNewYork) — Army Private First Class Leroy Deronde III, a soldier from Jersey City, was killed on Saturday during an ambush in Afghanistan.

CBS 2’s Chris Wragge spoke with family and friends of Deronde, who were still in shock over the loss of the 22-year-old soldier.

“He was my baby brother, he was my mom’s baby. She’s gone, now he’s gone. It’s not fair,” said Deronde’s sister, Jennifer Owen.

Deronde’s mother died eight years ago, he enlisted to help support his family. He became a model soldier and was promoted right after graduating from basic training.

Deronde’s death has left a huge void in his family, as they struggle to go on without a son.

Funeral arrangements are still being worked out, the Governor’s Office is in the process of issuing an executive order to lower state flags to half-staff.

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