Sailor dies after falling from balcony

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A sailor based at Naval Station Norfolk is dead after falling six stories from the balcony of a barracks Tuesday evening.

10 On Your Side has learned the victim was 22-year-old Morgan Louis Hayman of Rhode Island. The Navy confirms he was an aviation ordnanceman airman, who enlisted in 2010 and has been assigned to the USS Harry S. Truman since 2011.

Wall Manor at Naval Station Norfolk. (Courtesy: Terri Davis, Naval Station Norfolk spokesperson)
Wall Manor at Naval Station Norfolk. (Courtesy: Terri Davis, Naval Station Norfolk spokesperson)

A base spokesperson said two sailors were involved in a fight around 8:20 p.m. at Wall Manor, a barracks for transient personnel. The two Sailors were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where Hayman died shortly afterward.

WAVY.com has learned the other sailor involved was 23-year-old Zachary Wilburn of Tucker, Georgia. Wilburn was treated for his injuries and released.

Matthew Zapor worked with both Hayman and Wilburn on the USS Harry S. Truman. Zapor said the two sailors were close friends and had lived together prior to deployment.

“It’s just completely shocking to see something like this happen between both of them,” said Zapor. They were good friends.”

The Navy says Wall Manor is used for temporary and transitional housing. and is more similar to a hotel than a traditional barracks. The six-floor building has some balconies that have solid walls, and some that have metal railings. It is unknown where exactly Hayman fell.

The Navy confirms both Hayman and Wilburn were assigned to the USS Harry S. Truman. That aircraft carrier just returned to Naval Station Norfolk in April, following a nine-month deployment.

On social media, the two sailors were friends on Facebook. Notes of condolences began to appear on Hayman’s page Wednesday afternoon.

At this time, no charges have been filed, but the NCIS is investigating the incident.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.

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