Family, friends to say goodbye to fallen Chesterfield hero

Posted at 8:44 AM, Jun 13, 2013

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va (WTVR) -- Flags are flying at half-staff today all across the Commonwealth to honor a Chesterfield native who gave his life in service of his country.  Army SPC. Kyle Stoeckli died on June 1, in Maiwand, Afghanistan, from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device.  The Cosby High School graduate was stationed at Fort Bliss in Texas.

It was a week ago, when students from Stoeckli's old elementary school remembered the Purple Heart recipient in a special way with song and short stories.  Also in attendance at the school was the 21-year-old's mother Sonja Stoeckli, who shared with CBS 6 the pain she and her family are still going through.  But Ms. Stoeckli said prayers were helping them through the difficult time.

“There’s a lot of sadness and pain inside,” said Sonja Stoeckli. “But I’m honored he made such an impression.”

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing may donate to the Kyle Stoeckli Scholarship fund by clicking here.

Today's service for Army SPC. Kyle Stoeckli will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Chesterfield.