Hundreds gather to pay respect to Nevada teacher

Associated Press
This undated photo provided by Chandra Landsberry shows Sharon and Michael Landsberry. Police said Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, the student who wounded two classmates and killed Michael Landsberry and then himself on a Nevada middle school campus in Sparks, Nev., was 12 years old. Police also lauded the actions of Landsberry, a 45-year-old math teacher and former Marine, who they say tried to stop the rampage before he was fatally shot in the chest. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Chandra Landsberry via The Reno Gazette-Journal) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUT
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This undated photo provided by Chandra Landsberry shows Sharon and Michael Landsberry. Police said Tuesday, …

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of students and others in Nevada are remembering a middle school teacher who was killed and two classmates who were wounded by a 12-year-old who then turned his gun on himself.

Some in the crowd of more than 400 gathered at a candlelight vigil clutched babies, and others held Batman balloons Wednesday night at Sparks Middle School.

They sang "Let There Be Peace on Earth" at a makeshift memorial for their beloved teacher Michael Landsberry. The ex-Marine was a big fan of the cartoon superhero.

Spanish Springs Presbyterian Pastor Howard Dotson led students in a pledge to "be a peacemaker."

Students repeated after him, "There is nothing glorious or sexy about guns."

Julia Rubin of the Temple Sinai in neighboring Reno prayed for "a world where guns and children don't go together."

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