CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The body of a local Marine killed could be headed back to the states soon.
25-year-old John P. Huling, known as JP, was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
Huling, a West Chester native and a 2004 graduate of Moeller High School, was killed while on foot patrol. His family says JP was ambushed by an Afghan Military Police Officer.
Huling's Principal Blane Collison says JP was an outstanding student at Moeller High School and always wanted to serve his country, specifically the Marines.
Monday at the high school was senior awards day and during that time the school held a long moment of silence to honor Huling.
"I think the kids are very reverent because they understand the sacrifices that are men and women in the armed forces make for our country and also that JP paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Collison.
Huling's long-time childhood friend, Albert Peterson says he found out of his friend's death around 2 p.m. on Sunday. Peterson says JP was a great friend and a great person.
Huling leaves behind his mother, brother and wife. His wife currently resides in California.