RENO, Nev. -- Friends and family of Bob Sperry are still struggling to understand the circumstances that led to his death. Tonight, they gathered to share stories and let others know how much this veteran did for his community.
"He's just a great guy and the people here just really show you what kind of guy he was," Scott Olsen, friend of Sperry's said.
"I don't think I could find another man that has done so much," Dennis Dominguez, a colleague of Sperry's said.
The community is returning the favor. Dozens of friends, family and even strangers came to vigil to show their respect for Bob Sperry.
"Something that happened that shouldn't have never happened," Larry Horning, a supporter said. "The man was a decorated marine and he was really there to stop a situation that turned ugly. That's why I'm here to support the family and show them that people do care in this community."
Sperry was a Bank of America customer who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he stepped in to protect the innocent, an instinctual response for the former Marine.
"We are honoring him. the man deserved to be honored because he honored us as veterans and the poor and the helpless," Dominguez said. "He was always there for them. he could not do enough."
Sperry's bravery cost him his life, but it showed Daniel Rinehardt, 23, what it means to be a good citizen.
"I don't blame the guy for what he tried to do, I mean there should be more people like that," he said. "He did what I would've done. I mean I would've tried to help the people too."
Rinehardt came from Alabama for the week to visit his father, and even though he never met Sperry, the love and support for him from the community said enough.
"This would never happen in Huntsville," he said. "It's really nice to see everybody come together like this."
"God bless you bob, we will miss you," Dominguez said.
You can also donate money to Sperry's family at that bank, just ask to give to the Sperry Memorial Fund.