Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Hundreds gathered at the water's edge for a candlelight vigil Friday honoring Sparks Middle School teacher Michael Landsberry at the Sparks Marina.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Sparks City Councilman Ed Lawson, who volunteers at Sparks Middle School regularly, chose to "speak from the heart" Friday evening bringing many crowd members, and himself, to tears.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- During a musical portion of the ceremony a local student sports a Batman shirt in honor of Michael Landsberry who was dubbed a 'hero' at Sparks Middle School long before his sacrifice at the school Monday.
The City of Sparks and the Washoe County School District collaborated for an emotional ceremony and candlelight vigil Friday evening at the Sparks Marina. It drew hundreds of local residents wishing to pay their respects to Michael Landsberry, a teacher who was fatally shot Monday morning at Sparks Middle School.
Inspirational remarks and emotional stories were shared by Mayor Geno Martini, City Councilman Ed Lawson, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and several of Landsberry's colleagues and friends. The audience juggled laughter and tears throughout the evening in remembrance of the Sparks Middle School teacher lovingly known as 'Batman.'
Following the ceremony patrons each took a candle down to the edge of the beach on the peninsula of the marina while music provided by Summit Christian Church sounded over the area.