Principal Remembered for Heroic Actions and Unconditional Love
In a heartbreaking turn of events, the Iowa community of Perry mourns the loss of a beloved principal who risked his life to save students during a recent shooting. The funeral of Dan Marburger, the longtime principal of Perry High School, was held at the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, just over 30 miles away from the school where he had worked for over two decades.
Marburger, 56, was critically injured on January 4th when a 17-year-old student opened fire in the school cafeteria. Tragically, an 11-year-old sixth grader lost their life in the shooting, and six others were injured. Marburger, however, acted selflessly and placed himself in harm’s way to protect his students. Perry Superintendent Clark Wicks hailed Marburger as a hero for his brave intervention.
But it was not just Marburger’s heroism that was remembered at the funeral. His family spoke of the unconditional love and compassion he showed both at home and at school. Marburger’s daughter, Claire, spoke emotionally about her father’s constant presence in their lives, attending all their events and showing his love through small gestures like sending them money on Venmo.
Marburger’s wife, Elizabeth, described him as a model of love and grace. She urged everyone to cherish their loved ones and to see the good in the world, despite the recent tragedy that had befallen their community.
The shooting has deeply affected the Perry community, but it has also brought them together. Residents have rallied around the victims, offering support and raising funds for their recovery. The town, with a population of about 8,000 people, has shown resilience in the face of this tragedy.
As the community begins to heal, plans are being made to gradually reopen the schools. However, many parents, especially those whose children were wounded, remain apprehensive about sending their kids back. The school district has announced increased security measures, including uniformed police officers, but stops short of installing metal detectors or requiring clear plastic bags.
The investigation into the motives behind the shooting is ongoing, with authorities examining the suspect’s social media posts and gathering evidence from witnesses. The Perry community is determined to find answers and prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
In the face of this immense loss, the people of Perry are coming together, showing strength, resilience, and unwavering support for one another. As they mourn the loss of their principal, they also celebrate the recovery of the wounded and look towards a future where their community can heal and thrive once more.