Marine killed in Camp Pendleton stabbing buried Monday, as investigation continues
By ERIKA I. RITCHIE | The Orange County Register (Tribune News Service) | Published: January 30, 2018
Private First Class Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, an 18-year-old Marine stabbed to death at Camp Pendleton, was buried with full military honors on Monday, Jan. 29 in Janesville, Wis.
Barclay-Weberpal, found dead at the School of Infantry on Jan. 16, was remembered in a service in Janesville.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ordered flags at state buildings be flown at half-staff to honor the Marine.
Barclay-Weberpal’s body arrived Friday at the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. From there his casket was escorted through small Wisconsin towns to Janesville.
“To see police, fire, and rescue showing their support on nearly every overpass as we moved slowly down I-43, to the streets lined with adults, children, and veterans — especially in Whitewater, Milton, and Janesville, was simply overwhelming,” Barclay-Weberpal’s father, Scott Weberpal, wrote in a Facebook post.
“It wasn’t just the big crowds, it was the flight attendant who opened the rear exit of the airplane and held out an American flag while his body was removed; it was the elderly veteran standing all alone wearing his VFW hat and jacket saluting as we passed while looking like he barely had the energy to stand on his own; it was people of all ages, races, and creeds wiping tears from their eyes as we passed by.”
While Barclay-Weberpal was mourned and remembered, it is still unclear what is happening with an unidentified Marine being held on Camp Pendleton in connection with the stabbing.
No charges for a court-martial have been filed and the Navy Criminal Investigative Service continues its investigation, said Capt. Joshua Pena, from the U.S. Marine Corps Training Command in Quantico, Va.
Barclay-Weberpal was assigned to Lima Company, Headquarters and Services Battalion at SOI-West. He had enlisted in the Marine Corps in July and was awarded the National Defense Ribbon.
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