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Body of Marine killed on military base returns to Janesville

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- The body of a Marine who was killed Jan. 16, 2018 allegedly by a fellow Marine at Camp Pendleton, California, returned home to Janesville Friday evening.

PFC. Ethan Andrew Barclay-Weberpal was killed at Camp Pendleton by a service member assigned to his same unit, military officials said.

Base officials told KGTV-TV in San Diego that the two Marines were involved in an "incident."

Barclay-Weberpal was a private first class in the Marine Corps after graduating from Almont High School in Lapeer County last May. He also attended Whitewater and Janesville Parker high schools. 

His body arrived at General Mitchell International airport in Milwaukee Friday evening, Jan. 26, 2018.

Rock County Sheriff's deputies and officers from multiple agencies escorted the family of Barclay-Weberpal to Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home in Janesville.

The procession went through Whitewater before traveling through Milton. Hundreds of people could be seen saluting the teenager.

At the funeral home, dozens of flags set a perimeter and more people from the community were there to greet him. 

His hearse came to a stop and several marines acted as pallbearers as they pulled the flag-draped casket out and carried it inside. 

One onlooker included a mother of a soon-to-be marine. 

"I just felt --my heart was just super heavy for that family and how sad that must be for them. I just wanted to show support. I would hope that if I was in that position, that people, whether they know us or not, would show support," said Dawn Manley. Her son will graduate to become a marine in March. He currently is at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, the same base where Weberpal died. 

The Janeville community rallied behind Barclay-Weberpal. The Culver's in town had a tribute to him on its marquee. Barkley's restaurant also had a message of remembrance. The general manager said the restaurant put it up because he knows what it's like losing a person who served after he lost his nephew, McFarland police officer Ryan Copeland, in the line of duty. 

"It's just something I think the family will appreciate to see. I know when we were going through our time with Ryan and it's just nice to have the support for the family in your community," he said smiling. 

The escort route was as follows :

- I-94 from General Mitchell Airport, to S I-43

- S I-43 to W STH 12

- W STH 12 through the City of Whitewater

- W STH 12 to E CTH N in Rock County

- E CTH N to Milton Rd

- Milton Rd to E STH 59 (E Madison Ave) through the City of Milton

- E STH 59 to E CTH M

- E CTH M to N USH 51

- N USH 51 to W Memorial Dr

- Memorial Dr to N Oakhill Ave

- N Oakhill Ave to W Court St

- W Court St to Austin Rd, Arrival at Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home

A visitation is planned for Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home in Janesville.

Funeral services will be on Monday at 1 P.M. at New Life Assembly of God church.


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