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By Lance M. Bacon, Staff writer
NORFOLK, VA. — Soft cries filled the auditorium as the chief of the watch three times called out for Master at Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo, a call unanswered. The sobs were soon broken by the somber notes of Taps, as hundreds of sailors stood to honor their fallen shipmate, killed in a March 24 shooting on Naval Station Norfolk.
Mayo, 24, was fatally shot when he put himself between the petty officer of the watch and Jeffrey Savage, a civilian truck driver not authorized to be on the base. Many details of the encounter remain unclear, including Savage’s motivation for storming the destroyer Mahan’s quarterdeck and stripping the petty officer of the watch of her weapon around 11 p.m. on that Monday night.