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.READ MORE: Tom Brady Named 2021 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year
“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.READ MORE: Boston Marathon Favorite Spencer The Dog Undergoes Surgery
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.”MORE NEWS: MBTA Making Service Cuts Due To Bus Driver Shortage
Kiernan will be laid to rest at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Friday.