Friends Remember A Life Cut Short
The sudden death of a 23-year-old Huntington Station woman has Suffolk County Homicide detectives searching for the cause of her “suspicious” passing.
The body of Sarah Strobel was found abandoned in a preserve last week.
Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick deemed the circumstances of her death “suspicious” at an Oct. 3 press conference outside of Froehlich Farm, where the young woman’s body was found.
Fitzpatrick said a person who was walking through the W. Rogues Path trail called police just before 9 a.m. Oct. 3. The caller, Fitzpatrick said, found Strobel’s body 300 feet away from the main path of the wooded preserve, where she was pronounced dead.
As Homicide Detectives try to pinpoint exactly how the Huntington Station woman died, close friends of Strobel tried to remain positive during a candlelight vigil ceremony Friday night.
A group of more than 40 of Strobel’s loved ones and friends gathered at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church one day after her death to remember a life lost too soon.
“She was an awesome, amazing friend and person, inside and out. We all need to stay positive even though this is extremely sad, for somebody so young… I believe justice will be served,” Taylor Friedman, a lifelong friend who organized the vigil, said.
Three Suffolk County detectives also attended the vigil Friday night, but would not comment on why they were present.
Fitzpatrick declined to comment on the investigation on Wednesday, nearly one week after Strobel was found dead.
Strobel’s parents, friends said, had cut off contact with their daughter because they disapproved of her recreational drug habit.
St. Peter’s Pastor Frank Nelson told Strobel’s friends to be mindful of their relationships and to never leave anything unsaid.
“It’s a shock. For her to die so suddenly, it’s something no one is ever prepared for,” Nelson said.
Friends gathered in the parking lot with wet and sullen faces as Strobel’s favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers songs played in the background.
“She was so full of life. She is very, very missed,” Friedman said.
A 2008 graduate of Walt Whitman High School, Strobel was an aspiring massage therapist who had a “good soul,” friends said.
South Huntington School District Superintendent David Bennardo posted a statement on the district’s website last week saying that the school community will stand in solidarity with Strobel’s friends and family during the mourning process.
“I realize that this news can be particularly unsettling for community members who knew Sarah and were a part of her life… This tragic news provides yet another reminder of life’s precious nature,” Bennardo said in a statement.