US Marine Victim Identified in Camp Pendleton Stabbing

Scott Weberpal, right, shared this photo of his son, Pfc. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, left, on Facebook. (Facebook photo)
Scott Weberpal, right, shared this photo of his son, Pfc. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, left, on Facebook. (Facebook photo)

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Janesville native serving with the U.S. Marines in California has died.

His father posted on Facebook the death was the result of a stabbing, but the Marines have not confirmed this.

The deceased is 18-year-old Pfc. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, a spokesman for U.S. Marine Corps Training Command at Camp Pendleton confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The incident resulted in "the confinement of another Marine student," whom the statement did not identify. The incarcerated Marine was assigned to the same unit.

Barclay-Weberpal was assigned to Lima Company, Headquarters and Services Battalion, School of Infantry-West, according to the announcement.

Barclay-Weberpal enlisted in the Marines on July 17.

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Ethan's father, Scott Weberpal, is asking news media to respect the family's privacy but sent a statement, which reads in part:

"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. ...

"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 four 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."

Earlier Wednesday, Scott Weberpal posted on Facebook:

"It's with excruciating sadness and tears in my eyes that I'm writing this--my only son, my own blood, Marine PFC Ethan Andrew Barclay-Weberpal, was killed yesterday morning at Camp Pendleton, CA. He was stabbed by another Marine. There are few details at this time as there is an ongoing investigation."

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the incident.

Barclay-Weberpal attended Janesville public schools until freshman year at Parker High School, when he left for Whitewater, returning to Parker in the second semester of his sophomore year, a school district spokesman said.

He started his junior year at Parker and then left for an out-of-state school in October 2015, the spokesman said.

A Gazette story lists him on the Parker honor roll in spring 2015. 

--This article is written by Frank Schultz from The Janesville Gazette, Wis. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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