GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCN/WBTV) – Two men from North Carolina, one of whom had attended East Carolina University, were among those killed in the Orlando terror attack this weekend.
Shane Tomlinson, 33, has been listed as one of the victims of the Orlando massacre. According to his Facebook page and his LinkedIn profile, he attended East Carolina.
Also killed in the attack was Tevin Crosby from Statesville, WBTV confirmed through his aunt.
East Carolina confirmed to WNCT in Greenville that Tomlinson graduated from ECU in 2003.
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Tomlinson graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School in 1999, according to Cabarrus County Schools. Tomlinson’s friends in Concord who went to Northwest Cabarrus High School said they are shocked to learn the news.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting Tomlinson performed with his band “Frequency” at Blue Martini nightclub just hours before he was killed in the shooting. The band has various videos posted on YouTube.
“We are saddened to learn that one of our own was killed in this tragedy in Orlando,” said ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard in a news release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Shane’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Tomlinson was an entertainer and those who knew him before he was in Orlando, or a graduate of East Carolina University, knew him as a performer for the Northwest Cabarrus High School band.
“Some of us are so scared to take that step to do our dream, and that was something – he didn’t mind taking that step,” Shelby Smith said of Tomlinson’s career as a singer.
Smith was in the high school band with Tomlinson back in the late 90s. She was devastated when she saw his name on the list showing he died in mass shooting.
“There’s nothing I could think of that he would not do to help somebody else. And as I was telling somebody on the phone, it would not surprise me that he took a bullet for someone else if it meant saving somebody else,” Smith said. “There’s plenty of people here who will miss him terribly.”
One of those people is Jaron Montez-Boyce. They sang gospel music together as part of the multi-cultural student union, MCSU.
“He could blow. We actually sang together. We sang a few songs together, some solo’s he’d sing. I’d back him up. Some solo’s I’d sing, he’d back me up. Either way it was beautiful,” Boyce said.
Tomlinson loved to sing and share his gift. Family said he loved music, family and all people.
“He’s definitely singing up in heaven, God has truly gained an angel,” said Boyce.
There will be a vigil at Northwest Cabarrus High School on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“Our hearts are broken to learn that Shane’s was one of the young lives lost in this senseless act of violence,” said Concord Mayor Scott Padgett. “We lift up his parents as well as the entire Tomlinson family in prayer and support. There are many people in our community who loved and remember Shane from his youth and we join his family in grief.”
A candlelight vigil is planned for the ECU and Greenville community at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Five Points Plaza. The group will walk to the Greenville Town Common after a small ceremony.
Forty-nine people were killed and 53 were injured in the shooting at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday. After three hours, police went into the club where the gunman, Omar Mateen, was holding hostages in a restroom.
The City of Orlando is publishing the names of those killed in a massacre at the gay nightclub on its website after their families have been contacted.
The City’s website includes the #PrayforOrlando hashtag and says officials are “working tirelessly” to get information to families.
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