ROCHESTER (CBS) — The body of Marine from Massachusetts who died from a flesh-eating disease will be brought home Tuesday.

Rochester native Becket Kiernan, 18, was serving in California when he became severely ill.

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“By the time they found out what was going on, to the time he passed away, was about eight hours,” said his mother, Lynda Kiernan.

A wake is scheduled at the Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Home in Mattapoisett Thursday and a service at Saint Anthony’s Church is Friday morning.

A GoFundMe page to create a scholarship honoring Kiernan is also in the works. As of Tuesday morning, the page was less than $200 away from reaching it’s $2,500 goal.

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Becket Kiernan, 18, a Marine from Rochester, has died of a rare flesh-eating disease. (Family photo)

Kiernan’s mother said that he had wanted to be a Marine ever since he was little.

“We were all so proud,” she said. “His whole character has always been about what he could do. He wanted to help others.”

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Kiernan will be laid to rest at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Friday.