IMMOKALEE, Fla. -- The family of an Immokalee soldier killed in Afghanistan is speaking about their beloved daughter and sister, Sgt. Linda Pierre. Pierre was a 2001 graduate of Immokalee High School. She was killed when an Afghan National Army solder attacked troops over the weekend. Now her family is left asking why but said they have the faith to move forward.
"I don't think I'm going to survive without Linda," said Elvina Pierre, Linda's mother.
It is a military family's worst fear happened. It happened when an Army representative came to Immokalee.
"I saw the Army people and I said how did Linda die? I was shocked. Nobody said nothing," said Elvina.
Linda was Elvina's 28-year old daughter. Her third oldest of six. She was a Sergeant in the Army and was killed over the weekend while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
"Its hard for me. I never thought Linda would die. I never thought that. I'm never going to be stronger again, no more in my life," said Elvina.
It was less than a week ago when Cindy Watson spoke with her older sister. It was in that phone call that Linda asked her sister to be strong.
"The conversation jumped to "I need you to promise me that. I'm going to give you a couple of numbers that you need to make sure you call these people and take care of things just in case something happens to me. I need you to be strong." and that was our last conversation," said Watson.
The Pierre family is a military one. One of the other children is currently fighting over seas. Linda is described as a loving, caring and religious person and that's what they'll remember the most.
"Linda was a good person. A good person. A very, very good person," said Elvina.
Those closest to the soldier said she devoted her life to God and that will comfort them in the trying weeks and months to come.
"She was deeply rooted in her faith and I have some kind of peace about where she is at," said Watson.
The funeral is set for April 30th in Immokalee. No word yet where or what time but when WINK finds out, we'll pass it on to you.