Billy Ray Cyrus pays tribute to slain Nevada teacher during concert

By Daniel S Levine,

Billy Ray Cyrus paid tribute to Michael Landsberry, a former Marine and a math teacher who was shot and killed by a student last fall, during a show in Nevada on Saturday.

The “Achy Breaky Heart” singer was performing at Incline Village near Reno, notes UPI. He took a break from the show to call Landsburry a “true American hero” and then gave his widow, Sharon, a plaque. He also made a donation.

According to The Associated Press, Landsburry, 45, was shot when he tried to get a student to hand over his handgun in October 2013. According to police, the student wounded to others before shooting Landsburry, a teacher at Sparks middle school.

That story touched Cyrus, the father of Miley Cyrus. While performing “Some Gave All,” he showed a giant picture of Landsburry on the screen, leading the audience in singing the song.

“Tonight we are here to honor a true American hero," Cyrus said. "Michael Landsberry made the ultimate sacrifice to save his students after serving three terms in Afghanistan."

This was also an emotional moment for Cyrus, who used to make presentations like these regularly during shows with his father, Ronald Ray Cyrus, who died in 2006. This was the first time he did it since his father’s death.

Sharon Landsberry thanked Cyrus for the gift and the plaque. Their daughter, Alisa Cook, 25, was at the show, while Andrea Cook, 18, sent a message from an aircraft carrier where she is currently serving with the Marines.

image courtesy of INFphoto.com



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