Mother’s reaction to new details surrounding MA2 Mark Mayo’s murder: ‘I’m appalled’

Posted at 11:17 PM, May 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-02 07:32:06-04

For the past 5 weeks, Sharon Blair has wondered about her youngest son's final moments. Amidst the pride for what 24-year-old Master at Arms Second Class Mark Mayo did that night are questions of why and how could this happen.

"It could have been avoided," Blair says. "I`m appalled. I`m hurt, but I’m proud of my son."

Before Thursday Blair didn't know that the man who murdered her son was allowed access to Naval Station Norfolk without showing any ID.

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"Unbelievable,” she says. “And I pray that all those who are responsible are held accountable. Now if it`s going to bring embarrassment and shame to the Navy, well. That guy should have never gotten on that base and never gotten that far."

Blair says all the Navy told her was that 35-year-old Jeffrey Savage was given the OK to come on base.

"So if I drive up there and give him a wave and I get through two sections and then get out of my vehicle I think I’d be gunned down," Blair exclaims.

It was an unthinkable chain of events that ended with Mayo's last act of courage. Even after being shot by Savage and protecting a fellow sailor, Mayo was able to shoot back.

Blair says she had no idea.

"I am so blessed to know that he was strong even to the end," she says. "He was strong. Mark went down with a fight. He fought."

Mayo's quick, selfless thinking was nothing short of heroic. However, at the same time, Blair says her son should never have been in that position.

"At the end of the day, it was senseless,” she says. “My child should have still been here with me."

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MA2 Mark Mayo laid to rest at Arlington

MA2 Mark Mayo awarded Navy and Marine Corps Medal

Memorial held at Naval Station Norfolk for MA2 Mark Mayo

Naval Station Norfolk to hold memorial service for Mark Mayo on Monday

White House petition asks for Mark Mayo to receive Medal of Honor

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Sources: Truck driver who penetrated Navy security, killed sailor was simply waved past gate