A memorial is now planned for Monday, September 9 for a soldier from Staten Island killed in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense says Staff Sergeant Michael Ollis was killed Wednesday in an attack by insurgents.
Ollis joined the army in 2006 and served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before going back early this year.
He earned numerous medals and commendations, including a Bronze Star.
Friends say Ollis had about a month left before he was set to come back home to New Dorp, where a flag flew Friday.
"This is like a family. It's like somebody in the family just passed away, got killed," said neighbor Joey Misiti. "Everybody, it looked like in minutes, really, literally minutes, everybody knew. And everybody's torn apart by it."
"This is what he always wanted to do. That's what he loved. And this is what happened," said neighbor Mary Ann Misiti. "It's just sad. I don't even know what else to say."
The memorial will be at Ollis' former school, the Michael J. Petrides School in Sunnyside.
State flags will be flown at half staff Wednesday in his honor.
The staff sergeant is survived by his parents and two sisters.
He was 24 years old.