Tacoma man back from Iraq to mourn brother

Ryan Nettleton was serving his second tour in Iraq when he learned his police officer brother Trevor had been shot and killed Thursday in Las Vegas.

Without sleeping or showering, the 26-year-old specialist from Tacoma flew to Kuwait, then Washington, D.C., then Washington state.

Upon landing Saturday, he headed straight to Fort Lewis to pick up his dress blues so he could honor the older brother who inspired him to join the military.

Ryan Nettleton will wear his formal uniform at Trevor’s mass Wednesday in Las Vegas. Family members rallied to raise money for him to fly to Nevada this afternoon.

“We need to pay our respects,” he said in an interview Saturday night. “Trevor said, ‘Family is everything,’ and he carried that out to the last minute of his life.”

A three-year veteran of Las Vegas Metro Police and a former Marine, Trevor Nettleton, 30, was killed in his garage during a botched robbery.

Police are holding four young men and a 17-year-old on murder and attempted robbery charges.

Trevor Nettleton leaves a wife, Danielle; and two young children, Quinn and Tanner.

“We come from a family of service members,” Ryan Nettleton said.

The brothers grew up in Yakima and Tacoma, with parents in the Washington State Patrol.

“When we were kids, we talked about being police officers,” Ryan Nettleton said, adding that the idea was to get military training so they could better serve as police officers.

Trevor Nettleton entered the Marine Corps in 1997 and served nine years. In 2002, following his brother’s example, Ryan Nettleton enlisted in the Marines. He was discharged a year later for an ankle stress fracture and joined the Army in March 2007.

In August 2007, Trevor Nettleton was one of five officers who received a departmental recommendation for saving lives during a condominium fire.

Condo resident Marlene Lavin said Trevor Nettleton took care of her then-5-year-old daughter and returned for the girl’s birthday, with presents for the children at the complex who lost everything.

“Trevor knew where he lived was a dangerous city,” cousin Shellie Sappa said. “He wanted to help the most people he could.”

Family members are trying to raise enough money to fly to Las Vegas so they can mourn Trevor Nettleton’s death together.

Joyce Chen: 253-597-8426