Funeral held for Marine recruit killed in Ohio State Fair ride accident

A funeral service was held Tuesday for a man who was killed last week on an amusement park ride at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

Friends and family honored 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell at the Grove City United Methodist Church, about 10 miles south of Columbus. Police officers and U.S. Marines also attended the service for Jarrell, who had recently enlisted in the Marines.

“The Marines are greatly saddened by this tragedy,” Marine Corps Public Affairs Chief Sgt. Caitlin Brink said in a statement to WCPO in Cincinnati. “We are truly proud to have known him as one of the brave few willing to step up and serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Jarrell had been scheduled to report to Parris Island, South Carolina, for basic training next summer, WCPO reported.

Tuesday’s funeral procession passed by a McDonald’s restaurant where Jarrell worked.

Also on Tuesday, members of the Ohio state Senate and House agricultural committees met at the state fairgrounds, according to their fair tradition. They began the meeting with a prayer for Jarrell and the seven people who were injured, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

The state has made public the contract it holds with New Jersey-based Amusements of America, which owns and operates the fair’s rides, United Press International reported. The contract shows that the company was required to pay for an independent ride inspector and have insurance…

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