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Friends and family remember fallen Beloit soldier

BELOIT (WKOW) -- Friends and family paid tribute to 21-year-old Army Spc. Tyler Kreinz Thursday at visitation services in Beloit.

Kreinz was killed on June 18th in Afghanistan along with three others in a vehicle rollover.

"When it came to something he really wanted to do, he did it," said Edward Kerr, one of Kreinz' close friends.

Kerr says he was an expert marksman, and in sports played on two undefeated teams.

"Oh, he never lost at anything," said Tyler Bloyer, Kreinz' cousin.

The visitation was held at Beloit Memorial High School, where Kreinz graduated in 2008. He enlisted shortly after, but that was no surprise.

"He was born to be a solider," said Bloyer. "But it was right after 9/11 that he was dead set on joining the Army and fighting for his country."

But more than anything, friends say, it was his love of the outdoors that earned him the nickname "Wolf." He loved hunting and fishing, and after his stint as a tanker in the Army, wanted to become a conservation warden for the DNR.

"That's what he loved. He wanted to work outdoors for a living," said Kerr.

Two other service members from Wisconsin were killed this month; Army private Ryan Larson and Marine Corporal Michael Nolen.

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