MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- The parents of Pfc. Brandon D. Goodine, 20, are in the process of bringing his body back to his hometown for burial.
According to the Department of Defense, Goodine died June 7 in Maiwand, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
11Alive's Duffie Dixon met with some of Goodine's family members in McDonough Saturday afternoon.
His aunt, Denise Goodine Hock, said Brandon joined the Army so his life would have a greater purpose.
"He had his daughter Katie at a young age," Hock said. "She is 3 now and he wanted to make sure he made something of his life and of himself. He has. He is a hero."
Pfc. Goodine's older brother, Christopher, enlisted with him. He has been serving in Texas and said he talked to his brother just about a month ago.
"It was so good to hear his voice," Christopher Goodine said. "I was scared when he got sent over the Afghanistan, but also so proud of him. I will miss him for the rest of my days."
Among others, Goodine leaves behind a wife and his daughter.