RICHMOND, VA—Central Virginia is mourning the loss of a local soldier who died in Afghanistan over the weekend.
Spc. Kyle P. Stoeckli of Moseley died Saturday in Maiwand, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Monday.
"This is just Kyle—this is how we saw him everyday and how we loved him and how he'll be remembered," family friend Debbie Reading said while looking at a photo of Stoeckli.
The 21-year-old died from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device. Friends and loved ones describe him as caring, hardworking and genuine.
"Where ever he was, he enjoyed life; wherever he was he exuded love," Reading said.
It's a tragic loss that's brought the community together to remember the solider.
Flags now line the streets of the Chesterfield neighborhood, a memorial from a close knit community still in shock by the news.
"We're all just traumatized by his loss— so young, so full of life," said Elaine Jemi-Alade who lived next-door to the soldier.
Stoeckli was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss in Texas.
Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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