Singer Cyrus Honors Fallen Sparks Teacher

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Billy Ray Cyrus has honored a Nevada teacher killed by a student in a school-yard shooting, calling him a "true American hero."

The country singer praised Michael Landsberry and presented a memorial plaque to his widow, Sharon, during a concert Saturday night in Incline Village.

The 45-year-old ex-Marine tried to talk the shooter into turning over the handgun before he was shot in the chest Oct. 21 at a middle school in the Reno suburb of Sparks. The 12-year-old shooter wounded two classmates before taking his life.

Cyrus says Landsberry made the "ultimate sacrifice" to save his students after serving three terms in Afghanistan and represents the courage of the Vietnam veteran honored in his patriotic song, "Some Gave All."

Cyrus led the crowd in singing the song after the presentation.