On Tuesday, Ibarra's body returned home to hundreds of people lining the streets to honor his life and pay their final respects.
Driving down Wall Street Tuesday, you couldn't help but notice red white and blue lining the road. It was all for young Marine, Josue Iberra, who gave his life for his country. But as we found out, had so much waiting for him back here in Midland.
Jenny Garnica always keeps her bible close to her heart. Because her best friend, fallen Marine Josue Ibarra highlighted that portion just for her.
"I had my bible in my hands, he took it from me and he circled this verse," said Ibarra's Best Friend Jenny Garnica. "And to me it meant a lot."
Old letters give us a glimpse into their friendship that was budding into something more. She grazes her hands over his handwriting. Recalls an inside joke. And says even overseas, they spoke all the time.
"He would call me usually in the middle of the night," said Jenny. "We would talk until we couldn't anymore."
The last time Jenny spoke to him was just four days before his death. And she says he sounded uncertain.
"The last thing he said to me was pray for him, because he didn't know what would happen that day," said Jenny.
Pray is what the riders, friends, and family who came out to see him return home for the last time did. And as his casket touched ground and was driven off, Jenny says she sure of one thing.
"The only thing that keeps me is I know, that he wants me to be happy," said Jenny. "That's how I feel he is always going to be in my heart."
Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at Abundant Living Christian Center in Midland. A flag line with begin a half hour earlier outside of the church followed by an escorting of the funeral procession to services at Serenity Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Jackie Smith can be reached via email at email@example.com.