FORDHAM - A Bronx family is marking this Labor Day weekend by remembering the death of a soldier in Afghanistan.

Alberto Francesconi was killed on New Year's Eve in 2003. His birthday was Friday, his family says.

"We as a family decided to come together to find a way to remember him and at the same time, to bring our spirits to a level where we can continue forward, because it's not easy," says Francesconi's brother, Robert Rivera.

This is the second year the family has held the celebration.