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Neighbors on murder victim: ‘He was a really great guy’

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Virginia Beach, Va. - Today we learned what type of man Cyle Strahl was by talking to different people in his life including his family, friends, neighbors and boss who all say the same thing: The world has lost a great guy known for helping others.

“Cyle’s big heart and warm smile made a mark on everyone he met.” This is a simple sentence sent from Cyle Strahl's family in Pennsylvania. It sums up how they want Cyle to be remembered here in Hampton Roads.

“He was a really great guy,” his family says.

He was a great guy that will be missed by many on his block. Every morning, neighbors light candles outside his home to honor the man they say was always there to help.

“He’d jumped right in and give you a hand if he could. One night, my motorcycle cover was off and it started to rain and he came over and his girlfriend came over to get the cover back on,” says a neighbor.

It was that enthusiasm that recently landed Cyle a job at WT Anderson contracting. He was only working there for 5 weeks.

“Overall, he seemed like a really nice guy, enthusiastic. He seemed to honestly love construction and just proving that he could do the job and step up to the plate,” says a friend.

His family, up in a small town in Pennsylvania, says that he loved construction but also had other loves like playing guitar and being with his fiancé and daughter Lilly.

The murder comes as a shock to everyone.


  • nancy

    I am from the town that Cyle is from, and I can tell you that his funeral today was PACKED. There was not even enough room for everyone inside, and many people had to stand out in the cold rain, to celebrate Cyle’s life!! There are so many memories that you will hear during a time like this, but one that sticks out to me, was someone that said they remembered a time when he showed up at their door, I believe to hang out with their son. Cyle had some tattoos and piercings and when this mom answered the door – she admitted that she may have had a “look”, or made a comment, because he called her by name and said – “…don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Just know me as the person that you see on the inside, not the outside!” What a great guy!! I hope everyone that knew him, will be able to take ALL of the good of Cyle’s life with them. Of course there is incredible grief and healing that will seem to take a lifetime, but PLEASE don’t be damaged and darkened by the bad that was done to him in the end. What a bummer that would be to his memory! Smile on Cyle— in everyone that you left behind!!!

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