Body of marine killed on military base returns Friday, escort planned from Milwaukee to Janesville

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WISC) -- The body of the Janesville marine who was killed on a military base in California on Jan. 16 will be returned home on Friday, according to a release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

On Friday afternoon, deputies and officers will be escorting the family of Marine Corps Private First Class Ethan Barclay-Weberpal to receive Barclay-Weberpal at General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee. At approximately 6:15 p.m., the escort will begin from General Mitchell Airport to Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home in Janesville.

The public is invited to line the escort route to pay respects to Barclay-Weberpal. During the escort, updates will be available on delays and location of the escort on the Rock County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Barclay-Weberpal, was killed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, about 40 miles north of San Diego.

USMC Capt. Josh Pena confirmed that Barclay-Weberpal was found dead and another Marine was taken into custody Tuesday morning.

Barclay-Weberpal is from Janesville and attended Parker High School. He spent his freshman and part of his sophomore high school years at Parker, then transferred to an out-of-state school in November 2015.

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

The family started a GoFundMe page to cover funeral expenses. They said the military will cover $10,000, but they believe the circumstances of Barclay-Weberpal's death means the funeral will cost thousands more than what's provided.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Janesville Police Department, Janesville Fire Department, Milton Police Department, Town of Milton Police Department, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Milwaukee Fire Department, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Whitewater Police Department, and VetsRoll will be assisting in returning Barclay-Weberpal's body back to Janesville Friday.

The escort route will be as follows, according to the release:

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

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