Slain Marine brought back to valley
August 17, 2005
A tribute of law enforcement officers in patrol vehicles escorted the body of fallen Marine Evenor Herrera downvalley to Glenwood Springs on Wednesday afternoon.”It’s tough to lose a loved one, especially one from Eagle County,” said Moses Gonzales, codes enforcement officer for the Vail police.The Minturn Veterans of Foreign Wars post had Gonzales organize the escort for the hearse carrying Herrera’s body, which will lie in the United Methodist Church in Eagle for 24 hours beginning at 9 a.m. today.The public may view Herrera’s body at the church at 138 Howard St., said David Stibbs, the Marine’s stepfather. Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, a procession will take Herrera’s body to Sunset View Cemetery for a military burial.Herrera, 22, of Gypsum died Aug. 10 when a bomb exploded during combat near Ar Ramadi, Iraq, about 35 miles west of Fallujah. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.Stibbs – who lives in Avon with Herrera’s mother, Blanca Stibbs – said he is relieved to have his stepson at home.Included in the escort beginning at Vail Pass were Vail police and the Colorado State Patrol. Other law enforcement and fire departments were expected to join the escort.”We’re all in it together,” Gonzales said. “A lot of the people helping with this escort are veterans.”Herrera, an Eagle Valley High School graduate, immigrated with his family from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in 1992.