Two Orlando Victims From North Carolina

Friends: "It Just Feels Like a Bad Dream"

CHARLOTTE, NC — Officials have released the identities of 49 of the 49 victims killed in the Orlando night club shooting rampage.

Two of them are from North Carolina: Shane Tomlinson was from Concord and Tevin Crosby was from Statesville.

“I’m completely drained,” said Alicia Thompson, “It just feels like a bad dream.”

Thompson got the call just before lunch Sunday. Her mother was telling her that her friend for more than 15 years, Shane Tomlinson, was one of the 49 killed.

“At this point, I’m just numb,” said Thompson. “I have many emotions right now. I want to be angry.”

Tomlinson graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School in 1999.

He graduated from Eastern Carolina University in 2003 and moved to Orlando where he sang in a group called Frequency Band.

“He was destined for a grand stage and he was doing exactly what he wanted to do,” said Professor Dr. Lathan Turner, Ph.D.

Back in Concord, family saw him as an uncle, a brother, a son.

In Statesville, Tevin Crosby’s family learned he too didn’t make it out of the night club.

“It was just unbearable and unbelievable,” said Crosby’s cousin, Lorenda Hunter.

Crosby graduated from West Iredell High School in 2010.

He lived in Michigan where he ran a marketing firm. His cousin says he stopped in Orlando to visit friends.

“He had his own business, he was doing really, really well, young man, all the potentials of the world,” said Hunter.

Flags are flying half staff in honor of the victims.

Their former schools planning vigils.

Loved ones are preparing for funerals.

“When is enough enough?” said Thompson. “I just don’t know when enough is enough.”

In response to the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, several ECU departments and student organizations are partnering with Greenville organizations to host a candlelight vigil at 7:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 14.
The event will begin at Crave restaurant, 409 Evans Street, and then those gathered will walk with lit candles to the Greenville Town Common. The names of those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando will be read as well as observing a moment of silence and hearing from several speakers.

 

Northwest Cabarrus High School is planning a vigil on Satuday, June 18.