A memorial service for a local soldier killed in Afghanistan will be held Monday in the ballroom of the Charleston Area Convention Center.

The family of Army Pvt. Cheziray Pressley, 21, said doors for the event will open at 2 p.m., with the service beginning at 3 p.m.

His father, Raymond Pressley, said he expects a large crowd, and that interest in his son's ceremony is coming from across the nation. The service in North Charleston will be open to anyone who wants to attend and pay their respects, he said.

Cheziray Pressley had been in Afghanistan for just a few days when he was killed along with three other soldiers May 16 when a roadside bomb exploded in Zabul province, tearing into the vehicle they were riding in.

All four were assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Pressley was a 2008 graduate of Fort Dorchester High School. He married in December and had a daughter. He was the second-oldest of the family's four sons.

Pressley's body is expected to be returned to Charleston some time Friday, his father said.

The memorial is being handled by the Embassy Suites Hotel on International Boulevard in North Charleston.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551.