Family Copes with Devastating Loss, Remembers Mayo as a Hero


HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Mark Mayo’s family wants him to be remembered as a hero.

Mark, a military policeman, was shot and killed Monday by a civilian at the world’s largest naval base, Naval Station Norfolk.

Mark's mother Sharon Blair says he was not just a hero on Monday, he's been her hero all his life.

"I want my baby. I want him home,” said Blair tearfully. "Mark was kind, Mark wasn't judgmental, mark didn't judge people. Mark was good-hearted."

Mark’s family says he did not die in vain.

"He chose to be a military police and he served it proudly,” said Mark’s father Decondi Mayo.

Blair says Mark knew all his life he wanted to be in law enforcement, playing cops and robbers with his three older siblings at a young age.

Mark graduated from Williamsport High School in 2007, the same year he enlisted in the Navy. He was an award-winning wrestler at his high school and was also a beloved member of the Washington County Boys and Girls Club.

Although his family says they are proud of Mark for his heroic actions, they are still dealing with the shock of losing him.

"I always felt that he was safe on a military base,” said Mark’s oldest brother Tim Borum. “I always felt that he was protected, and it isn't making any sense, none of it. I'm just trying to grasp what happened. How and why. There are still so many unanswered questions."

Sharon says the pain of losing her son is unbearable, but when the pain gets too hard to deal with, she will remember to sing his favorite song, I Believe I Can Fly.

Mark's family says he will be laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery, but they have not yet set a date. They are also working with the church Mark attended every Sunday, the Life Family Ministries Church on West Lee Street in Hagerstown.

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