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Candlelight service honors slain sailor from Md.

Thursday - 4/3/2014, 8:40pm  ET

Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- A sailor who was fatally shot last week in Norfolk, Va., is being honored as a hometown hero in Hagerstown.

About 70 people attended a City Park candlelight memorial service Thursday for Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo.

His boyhood pastor, the Rev. Paul Berry, told the crowd that Mayo deliberately laid down his life to save another sailor by jumping between her and a civilian gunman who was trying to board a ship.

The gunman, truck driver Jeffrey Savage, was then killed by Navy security forces responding to the scene.

Mayo's brother Terrail Blair says he's proud of his 24-year-old baby brother.

And Blair says he feels connected to the families of the U.S. Army soldiers killed Wednesday in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

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