Easley Soldier killed in Afghanistan

An Upstate soldier died from injuries he suffered when his vehicle was attacked in Afghanistan last week. The U.S. Defense Department says 20-year-old Army Private First Class Barrett Austin of Easley died four days after an improvised explosive device exploded under his vehicle. He was at a hospital in Germany when he passed away on Sunday. Austin was assigned to the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in the 3rd Infantry Division, which is stationed out of Fort Stewart in Georgia.  His wife and parents survive Austin.