Community honors Pfc. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal
The body of a U.S. Marine who was murdered on base in California returned to his home in Wisconsin Friday night.
Members of the military, law enforcement, and fire departments welcomed home the body of private first class Ethan Barclay-Weberpal at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. The Marine received full honors as he was loaded into an awaiting procession.
Among those showing their respect was Jim Unrun, of the Patriot Guard Riders.
"We do this to honor them. To show our support for the family," said Unrun. "We have to support the one percent of the population that protects the other 99, and it is truly our honor to do this."
Law enforcement from across Southern Wisconsin escorted the Marine from the airport to Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home in Janesville, where Barclay-Weberpal grew up.
Barclay-Weberpal was killed on January 16 at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. Authorities say he was stabbed by another Marine. The circumstances leading up to the stabbing are still under investigation.
Visitation for Barclay-Weberpal is on Sunday at the funeral home. He will be buried with full military honors on Monday.
Funeral Arrangements for Pfc. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal
VISITATION: Sunday, 2:00- 6:00 p.m. at Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 21 S. Austin Road, Janesville
FUNERAL SERVICES: Monday, 1:00 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God, 2416 N. Wright Road, Janesville
BURIAL: St. Mary's Cemetery, Milton
A scholarship fund to support veteran/military students at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has been established in Ethan's memory. Gifts may be made by check to the "Ethan Andrew Barclay-Weberpal Memorial Fund" and mailed to UW-W Foundation, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190 or online to the fund at www.uww.edu/foundation/give/form