Cpl. Farris was from Bapchule, Arizona, on the Gila River Indian Reservation just south of Phoenix. He attended his last two years of high school in Oregon at the Chemawa Indian School in Salem and enlisted in the Army after graduation.
He is survived by a son, 11-month old Kaiden who lives with his mother in Alaska, his parents, two brothers and a sister.
"He died for a purpose. You have to live for a good reason and die for a good one, like Billy did," said Chemawa School staff member Sarah Pigsley.
Photo by Thomas Patterson Statesman Journal
A tribal honor guard carries flags during a memorial service at Chemawa Indian School. The flags represent the Chemawa Indian School, tribal communities and the United States.