Community Remembers Michael Landsberry at Memorial Service

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SPARKS, NV -- It's a time to heal as our community gathers to remember a teacher who was killed while trying to protect others from gunfire at Sparks Middle School. Two weeks after the shooting, the community came together to celebrate the life of beloved math teacher, Michael Landsberry.

He is remembered in many ways. For some, he was a Marine and Nevada Guardsman, a man who loved his country. For others, he's remembered for his devotion to his students

"He showed us the sign on his wall that said "Thou shalt not Annoy Mr. L. That was my favorite," his former student, Anhelica Hafley, said.

Outside the classroom, he coached high school soccer with longtime friend Jerry Miller, who remembers Landsberry for humor.

"We went to a seafood restaurant. If you knew Mike, he didn't have seafood; he had a hunk of meat and potatoes and he didn't eat any of those green things."

Most people remember his hybrid of passions including video games and his love for Batman. His best friend, Tom Gordon, has stood by his side for 30 years as his Commissioner Gordon.

"How far will he go to protect the innocent and will he sacrifice his humanity along the way? So let there be no doubt, that Mike is Batman."

He embodied the character, showing you don't need superpowers to be a hero and his compassion will never be forgotten.

"We were everything to each other and I'm going to miss my husband so much," his wife Sharon Landsberry said. "Mike, I am so thankful for the time I had with you."

He received full military honors for sacrificing his life to protect others, and now, everyone will remember him as a hero.

"You've always been a hero and your friends and family knew that, but now the whole world knows. You're my hero, daddy and I will make you proud not matter what I do. I love you," daughter Andrea Cook said.

Friends and family shared their fondest memories of Landsberry and said one final goodbye.

"This is Commissioner Gordon calling Batman," Gordon said. "Do you hear us, Batman?"

Governor Sandoval and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini also spoke at Sunday's service. Landsberry's wife, Sharon, said his death was almost prophetic. Just a week before, she said he caught up with his friends he hadn't seen in a while and read to her the Marine Anthem, "Ask Me What I Was."

A Marine salutes the family of Marine veteran and Air Guardsman Master Sgt. Michael Landsberry during a memorial service held in his name at Sparks Christian Fellowship church Nov. 3, 2013. Landsberry was killed Oct. 21, 2013 while protecting his students during a school shooting at Sparks Middle School.
Military members of different branches fire a 21-gun salute Sunday, Nov. 4, 2013, during a ceremony honoring Nevada Air Guard Master Sgt. Michael Landsberry who was killed Oct. 21, 2013 during a school shooting at Sparks Middle School. Landsberry was honored during a military ceremony at Sparks Christian Fellowship Church in Northern Nevada.
Master Sgt. Clinton Dudley, Nevada Air National Guard, stands watch in front of a casket holding Michael Landsberry, a fellow master sergeant in the Guard who was killed Oct. 21, 2013 during a school shooting at Sparks Middle School. Landsberry was honored Sunday, Nov. 4, 2013, during a military ceremony at Sparks Christian Fellowship church.