Rock Co. Marine murdered at Camp Pendleton

Marine PFC Ethan Andrew Barclay-Weberpal
Marine PFC Ethan Andrew Barclay-Weberpal(NBC15)
Published: Jan. 17, 2018 at 11:43 AM CST
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A marine with Rock County ties was killed Tuesday morning in a stabbing at Camp Pendleton, California.

Scott Weberpal of Whitewater tells NBC15 News that his son, 18-year-old Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, was stabbed to death on the military base.

Capt. Josh Pena, Infantry Public Affairs Officer, confirmed Tuesday that a second Marine was taken into custody in connection with the stabbing.

In a Facebook post shared with friends at 11 a.m. on Wednesday the father wrote “with excruciating sadness and tears” his son was stabbed and killed by another Marine.

It's with excruciating sadness and tears in my eyes that I'm writing this - my only son, my own blood, Marine PFC Ethan...

Posted by Scott Weberpal on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The family issued an official statement to NBC15 on the tragedy:

"As you are now aware, our son, PFC Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was killed during an incident at Camp Pendleton, California on the morning of January 16, 2018. We would first like to say that we appreciate the support shown by family, friends and the U.S. Marine Corps during this difficult time. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us.

We have gotten many requests from local and national media and are issuing this release as our formal response to those requests. We ask that our privacy is respected while we come to terms with this awful tragedy. We will make ourselves available for comment when we are ready to do so.

Ethan was an amazing young man. He never wavered from his will to serve his country as a U.S. Marine. Regardless of the circumstances, he was always ready to take on the next challenge. Ethan had a loyal and genuine heart. He loved his family and friends dearly, and was a wonderful big brother to his 4 younger siblings. His faith in God made him as spiritually strong as his commitment to the Marines made him physically and mentally strong. He has made us all very proud! He will be dearly missed."

NBC15 sister station, WJRT in Flint, Michigan, reached out to a high school friend of Barclay-Weberpal.

"Ethan was a very good kid. He had all his morals straight. Very religious. He had a lot of energy too. He was a funny guy. He was a good kid. I really don't think I'll ever meet someone like Ethan again," Terry Veres said, who is also now a Marine stationed in Pensacola, Florida.

"I don't know how anyone could have a problem with him, like, I really don't know. It had to, it had to have been a freak accident. There's no way that someone would have intentions to hurt him because he was just that good of a guy."

A spokesperson for the Janesville School District, Patrick Gasper, told NBC15 Barclay-Weberpal attended schools in the district from first grade through his first semester of his freshman year at Parker High School. Gasper said records show he transferred to Whitewater High School for his second semester of freshman year and returned to Parker during the second semester of his sophomore year. After starting his junior year, records show he transferred out of state.

His dad, Scott Weberpal, confirms he graduated from high school in Michigan in the spring of 2017.

U.S. Marine Corps confirmed Wednesday afternoon that 18-year-old Private First Class Ethan Barclay-Weberpal died Tuesday morning as a result of an incident at the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton. A spokesperon with the U.S. Marine Corps said Barclay-Weberpal was pronounced dead at the scene. Another Marine is in confinement. The name of that Marine, who is assigned to the same unit, is not being released at this time.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is handling the investigation. According to a spokesperson with the U.S. Marine Corps Training Command, the name of the Marine taken in to custody will not be released until the investigation is complete. They say that's standard protocol.

Barclay-Weberpal was assigned to Lima Company, Headquarters and Services Battalion at SOI-West. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on July 17th, 2017. He was awarded the National Defense Ribbon.

His family and friends have set up a">GoFundMe page

to help pay for funeral and travel arrangements.

Camp Pendleton is the largest military base on the West Coast. It is located just north of San Diego. It is home to more than 42,000 active duty personnel.

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