Published: Apr 19, 2011 3:27 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 18, 2011 11:34 PM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla.- The war in Afghanistan claims the life of another hometown soldier. Sgt. Linda Pierre died during combat in Afghanistan on Friday.

Sgt. Pierre was born and raised in Immokalee. She was a proud soldier in the U.S. Army for the past seven years. On Friday, she paid the ultimate sacrifice, after stepping on an I.E.D. in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Pierre graduated from Immokalee High School back in 2001 and attended college in Tallahassee, before joining the Army in 2004.

Family members say she knew from an early age she wanted to serve the country, and joined the ROTC program at Immokalee High to get a head start on her dream.

She's survived by her parents, Jean and Elvina Pierre of Immokalee, and her sister, Cindy. Family remembers Linda as a kind, respectful woman with a constant smile on her face.

Late Monday afternoon, a Dignified Transfer ceremony was held at Dover Air Force Base, where Sgt. Pierre's immediate family received her remains.