Former Marine and current Guardsman Mike Landsberry killed in school shooting

 
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Former Marine and current Guardsman Mike Landsberry killed in school shooting

Just horrible news.  To survive Afghanistan only to be cut down as a math teacher:

Surviving Afghanistan, but not school

True to his character, Mike Landsberry rushed to help others when chaos erupted.

The retired Marine, a popular math teacher at Sparks Middle School, tried to help when the two wounded students were shot.

A witness told the Reno Gazette-Journal that Landsberry was trying to intervene when the shooter killed him.

"That was the kind of person that Michael was," his brother, Reggie Landsberry, told CNN. "He was the kind of person that if somebody needed help, he would be there."

Sparks Mayor Geno Martini talked about the irony.

"It's very unfortunate that (the life of) someone like that, who protected our country over there and came back alive ... had to be taken at his work, at a school," he said.

Landsberry joined the Marine Corps in 1986, attained the rank of corporal and served as a field wireman, Marine spokeswoman Maj. Shawn Haney said.

On his class website, the teacher posted pictures of himself hiking in the wilderness and standing with a weapon beside an armored vehicle.

"One of my goals is to earn your respect while you earn mine," he wrote in a message to students. "I believe that with mutual respect that the classroom environment will run smoothly."

So very sad.  CNN has a good video up that talks about how he went out trying to save other kids.

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