ELIZABETH - The family of a young solider is grieving after he arrived in Afghanistan on Friday and was killed on Sunday.

According to the Department of Defense, 20-year-old Army Spc. Pedro Millet was killed by an improvised explosive device. The Army said he had been assigned land mine duty.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based in Fort Carson, Colo. Millet's mother traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for the dignified transfer of her son's remains.

Millet was a 2008 graduate of Elizabeth High School, where he played on the baseball team. He enlisted in the Army shortly after graduation.

AP wire services contributed to this report