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Wife of Sparks Middle School Shooting Victim Speaks

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Sharon Landsberry, Alisa Cook Sharon Landsberry, Alisa Cook

"He was my world. And I was his."

Sharon and Michael Landsberry shared a love not everyone gets to experience.

They were married five years. And every morning before Mike would leave for work, he'd make sure to remind Sharon how much he loves her -- even if she was still asleep.

"The coffee would be ready, he'd get my coffee cup out and put a sticky note on it and write, 'hey my beautiful wife' or 'have a good day, I love you.' It was always different."

Sharon kept every single note - and is so thankful she did.

On October 21st, just three days after their anniversary, Mike left for work, but this time, Sharon was awake.

"That morning when he left, the last words I heard from him were 'have a good day my beautiful wife. I can't wait to be home with you and go for our walk. I love you.'"

About an hour later, Sharon heard about the shooting at Sparks Middle School. And she says, her first thought - Mike.

Kristen: "And Sharon, he even said he would do whatever it takes to protect the people he loves. So when you found out the actions he took that morning, to protect other students, did it surprise you at all?"

"When I first heard this going and I didn't get a text message back from him, I knew... and, uh, when it transpired that it was actually on school ground, I knew exactly what he did. I knew he stopped it. I knew he stepped in front."

The Marine and Air National Guardsmen always reminded his family to be strong; to look for the positive in life.

And now Sharon and her daughters are living that advice.

Instead of being angry that this beloved man was ripped from their lives, Sharon says they're counting their blessings.

"I had a love that most people will never experience and I'm so grateful that I got the chance to experience it with him."

Landsberry oldest daughter from her first marriage, Alicia Cook joined Kristen and her mother for the interview.

A viewing for Michael Landsberry will take place Saturday from 9am - 6pm at Walton's Sparks Funeral Home at 1745 Sullivan Lane.

Then on Sunday, a public Celebration of Life will be held at the Sparks Christian Fellowship starting at 3 pm at 510 Greenbrae Lane.

He will receive a 21-gun salute and full military honors.

Police say 45-year-old Landsberry died while trying to intervene during the 7:15am shooting. Two other students were injured in the shooting.

Sparks Police say 12-year-old Jose Reyes shot Landsberry in the chest, before turning the gun on himself. 
Landsberry was a member of the Nevada Air National Guard and a Marine.

The Nevada Military Support Alliance announced it's accepting contributions in honor of Master Sgt. Michael Landsberry.

If you want to donate, you can mail a check to:
The Nevada Military Support Alliance

985 Damonte Ranch Parkway, Suite 310

Reno, NV 89521
Write "In Honor of Michael Landsberry" on the memo line.

The Nevada Military Support Alliance can be reached at 775-359-3000, ext. 702-701-4167.
 They're also accepting donations online at www.nvmilitarysupport.org 

The Heroes Memorial Foundation has created a Facebook Memorial Page for Michael Landsberry at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Remembering-Mr-Michael-Landsberry/767495089932653

They also have a webpage set up at http://heroesmemorial.org/content/master-sergeant-michael-landsberry
The Community Foundation of Western Nevada is hosting a fund to provide financial support to the victims, students, staff, families, and Sparks Middle School in the wake of the shooting. This fund, The SMS Compassion Fund, is accepting tax-deductible monetary donations. Disbursements will be advised by representatives of the Washoe County School District and the City of Sparks under the oversight of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, to assure the funds are distributed to meet the needs of the school community as they are identified.
For more information, call the Community Foundation of Western Nevada at 775-333-5499. The
foundation's website is located at www.nevadafund.org. Donations may be mailed to:
Community Foundation of Western Nevada
1885 South Arlington Avenue
Suite 103
Reno, NV 89509
Please reference "SMS Compassion Fund"

Written by Kristen Remington

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