Teen Killed at Ohio State Fair Recently Enlisted in Marines

The young man man killed during a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair had recently enlisted in the Marines, and was scheduled to go through basic training at Parris Island next year. 

According to his Facebook page, 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell took his oath just seven days ago.

Jarrell was killed and seven others were injured Wednesday evening when Fire Ball, an amusement park ride malfunctioned launching them into the air.

Governor John Kasich shut down all fair rides until further inspections are completed. 

In a news conference Wednesday night, Kasich called the accident, "the worst tragedy in the history of the fair." 

The fair did re-open Thursday morning, despite rides remaining shut down. 

"This will not define the Ohio State Fair," Kasich added. "The Ohio State Fair will carry on."

According to the Marine Corps Recruiting Facebook page, Jarrell was the first from Franklin High School to enlist this year. 

The Marines offered their condolences to his family, saying:

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Poolee Tyler Jarrell’s family and all of those affected by his loss. The Marines here are greatly saddened by this tragedy. We are truly proud to have known him as one of the brave few willing to step up and serve his country in the United States Marine Corps.

Jarrell, 18, enlisted with the Marines on July 21, 2017. He was scheduled to attend basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, June 18, 2018. He wanted to be in the Infantry or serve as a combat engineer.

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