Family Reacts to Teen's Death

6:49 PM, Dec 8, 2013   |    comments
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Brandon Mayo (Family photo)

Lexington, SC (WLTX) - Bond was set at $100,000 Saturday for the man officers say hit and killed 15 year old Brandon Mayo on the way to school Friday morning.

"The pain that we are in and the grief that has struck our family is unbearable to say the least," said Jason Amodio, Mayo's uncle.

Amodio says he would never imagine looking down at a makeshift memorial for his 15 year old nephew Brandon Mayo.

"My sister and my brother in-law are inconsolable with grief, this was their baby, and this was their child."

Officers say Mayo was hit and killed driving to school on Friday morning by 60 year old Michael Gray.

Gray is now charged with felony DUI and possession of a controlled substance.

Amodio is upset and feels that the state should tighten its laws.

"It's ridiculous; he is facing 10 years in prison on a felony DUI that is ridiculously low. When you chose to drink or your chose to do drugs and get behind the wheel the punishment should be greater than that, the state of SC says we are not going to take it anymore."

Family members say Mayo was a star student with the hopes to attend medical school.

Amodio says it warms his heart to see the outpouring of support from Brandon's classmates.

"It shows what kind of kid Brandon was, what kind of character he had, that he brought love and joy to other kids and that's why they honored Brandon because everyone loved him."

Despite growing up in Gamecock Country; Mayo was a big Texas fan and when he heard that they were starting a medical school next year...he already made up his mind on what college he would attend. Its thoughts like that one that are still difficult for Amodio to digest, knowing that his nephew will never step foot on a college campus.

"Texas has lost one of their biggest fans in the state of South Carolina, you can bet that."

Mayo's funeral will be Tuesday at 2PM at St. David's Lutheran Church in Oak Grove.

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