Father: Marine fatally stabbed at base is Rock County man
MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin man said his son, a Rock County native, died at a Marine base in California Tuesday.
Scott Weberpal, of Whitewater, told News 3 that his son, Marine PFC Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, was killed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, about 40 miles north of San Diego.
Scott Weberpal said in a Facebook post Wednesday that his son was stabbed by another Marine, but that there were few details as of Wednesday morning because of the ongoing investigation.
USMC Capt. Josh Pena confirmed that Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was found dead and another Marine was taken into custody Tuesday morning.
According to Ethan Barclay-Weberpal’s Facebook page, he’s from Janesville and attended Parker High School. Janesville School District spokesman Patrick Gasper said Barclay-Weberpal attended Janesville schools on and off since elementary 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.
“An incident occurred aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., at the School of Infantry West, Jan. 16, 2018, resulting in the death of one Marine student and the confinement of another. An NCIS investigation has been opened, and is currently ongoing,” Pena said in the statement.
Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was assigned to Lima Company Headquarters and Services Batallion at SOI-West. Barclayweberpal enlisted in the Marine Corps July 17, 2017, and was awarded the National Defense Ribbon, according to the statement.
In a statement, Scott Weberpal spoke of how his son 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,” Scott Weberpal said in the statement.
The family has started a GoFundMe page to cover funeral expenses. They said the military will cover $10,000, but they believe the circumstances of Ethan Barclay-Weberpal’s death means the funeral will cost thousands more than what’s provided.
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