Kevin Ellenburg's team spirit and sense of humor kept the Pace Patriots loose during football season.The wide receiver was a good athlete who worked hard, his coach, Mickey Lindsey, recalled Wednesday night. Ellenburg, a 2004 Pace High graduate, was killed Nov. 1 in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device. The Department of Defense on Tuesday announced that Ellenburg, a private first class, died when the explosive detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. No other details were available Wednesday night. Ellenburg, 20, of Middleburg, southwest of Jacksonville, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. Lindsey heard about Ellenburg's death last week and said he wasn't surprised the young man gave his life for his country during Operation Iraqi Freedom. "He was special and unique," Lindsey said. Lindsey said Ellenburg's death makes him realize that many people take their freedom for granted. "These young men are giving up their lives to give us the freedoms we have," he said. "We probably don't appreciate it." Keith Kirchharr, golf coach at Pace High School, also knew Ellenburg. He said Ellenburg was a popular, likable student. "It's tragic," Kirchharr said. "I've lived in Pace all my life. When it hits home like that, it's tragic."