(CNN) — The teacher killed in a shooting at a Nevada middle school Monday also served in the U.S. military, an official said.
Math teacher Mike Landsberry was killed in the shooting, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini said.
In addition to his work as a teacher at Sparks Middle School, Landsberry went to Afghanistan on several tours as a member of the Nevada Air National Guard, Martini said.
“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,” Martini said. “It’s very devastating.”
Landsberry also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, attaining the rank of corporal and serving as a field wireman, Marine spokeswoman Maj. Shawn Haney said.
On his school 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.”
A Facebook memorial page posted in Landsberry’s honor had more than 2,000 likes by Monday evening.
Friends, former students and others described him there as a great teacher and a hero.
CNN’s Larry Shaughnessy, Amanda Watts and Catherine E. Shoichet contributed to this report.
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