RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Last Monday Sharon Landsberry got the worst news she could imagine. Her husband, teacher Michael Landsberry, had been shot and killed at Sparks Middle School when a student opened fire on campus.
"He was a wonderful man," Sharon said of Michael. She is a private person, not one especially in times like this to be in the spotlight. But her desire to tell the world about her husband of five years, Michael Landsberry, prompted her to speak publicly.
Sharon says he loved teaching, his students, his family and his country. He vowed he would lay down his life if they were ever threaten. "That's was one thing he did mention, he would always take care of his kids. In fact he did tell his children that he would protect them and that's what he did," Sharon said.
Just a day after the shooting, Sharon says she wanted to visit the two 12-year-old students at the hospital who were injured that fateful day. Sharon said, "I wanted to make sure that the kids were okay and to let them know he loved them and to stay strong and to push forward like he would ask them to do."
One of those students named Mason was shot trying to help Mr. Landsberry. Landsberry was not even a teacher of his, but someone who he had developed a special relationship with in the halls and outside of class. "It shows how much they loved him, that they would try to save him. The love that he had for them and the love they had for him, it just was vibrant."
Landsberry says as she grieves the loss of her husband she has found strength and much comfort from the Sparks Middle School community, "the community has come together in an amazing way, something my husband would be extremely proud of to see everyone coming together to help each other."
When asked what she would say to the shooter's family, Sharon shows no anger - just compassion. She explains, "I'm sorry that they lost their son. And that I know they are hurting. But 'Mr L' loved him no matter what, and his family does too."
Sharon recalls vividly the last moments she spent with her husband, "The last thing I heard from him that morning was, 'Goodbye beautiful, have a great day. I can't wait to be home with you so we can go for our walk. I love you.'" The last words Michael head from Sharon was "I love you too".
Michael Landsberry had a two stepdaughters, one he inspired to join the military. Only four days after the shooting she graduated from Navy recruit training.
(NBC News) - Sharon and Mike Landsberry celebrated their wedding anniversary right before the shooting. Sharon was not surprised to know her husband tried to stop the shooting and holds no ill will toward the gunman and his family.
It was the definition of a tragic story. A 12-year-old opened fire outside Sparks Middle School last week wounding two students and killing Mike Landsberry before taking his own life. In the days that followed, Landsberry's family is finding comfort in a story of love.
He told everyone that everyone he loves and cared about he would lay down his life for them and that's exactly what he did that day.
Police say he bought other students time to get away. Sharron Landsberry said in response to that fact, "[The Students are safe] and he did what he told them that he would do."
Landsberry added, "I want everyone to know how much he loved his country, his family, his students. The last thing I heard from him that morning was goodbye, beautiful, have a good day. Can't wait to be home with you so we can go for our walk. I love you." She continued, "The last words he heard from me was 'I love you too'."
Because the shooter is no longer with us, we may never actually know why this happened. Landsberry said, "Knowing why, to me doesn't matter. My husband laid down his life doing what he loved to do and protecting the ones he loved. That family is going to grieve just like we are."
When asked if you had the chance, what would you say to his family? what would you want them to know? Landsberry said, "I'm sorry that they lost their son, and I know they're hurting. But Mister 'L' loved him no matter what. And his family does too."
Mike Landsberry had two step daughters, the youngest one he inspired to join the military. She had a graduation ceremony four day afer the after the shooting. They still had the ceremony.