Vigil held for local man killed in Orlando nightclub shooting

- Lots of memories, tears and some laughs were shared Saturday night in Cabarrus County. It was all to remember a local man who was killed last weekend in the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Nearly 400 former classmates, friends and family came to the Northwest Cabarrus High School to say goodbye to Shane Tomlinson. Friends say he was a man perusing his dream, but never forgot where it all started.

“Shane was very contagious. He always had a smile and a laugh and the least we could do as classmates and a community is give back to Shane,” said Shelby Smith.

That’s why hundreds remembered Shane Tomlinson through one his own passions, music. Shane was a vocalist for “Frequency Band”, a music group in Orlando.

“He loved music. Every time he was at my house he was trying to sing and he was good at it too. He loved music and I think that’s how he touched so many people was through his music,” said Sylvia Moon.

“Playing music and traveling that was his passion and that was his dream and he fulfilled it,” said Patricia Ware.

His dream was fulfilled at a young age, but Shane Tomlinson never forgot his hometown. His best friend struggled to put into words what his loss means for her and the rest of the community.

“It’s not often that you could say something as an adult that someone you met when you were 14 years old is still one of your friends. One of your best friends,” she said.

That feeling, shared by dozens who signed cards and posters with the name of their friend who was taken too soon.

“Shane was the light to the dark room. When Shane walked in the room you know he was there because Shane would make you smile, Shane would make you laugh, he was just an overall good person,” said Ware.

Now the young man, turned musician, who walked the halls of Northwest Cabarrus High School, I bringing friends and family the same smiles, just in a different place.

“Keep his memory alive, whether it’s listening to his music or listening to his videos anything. Just keep his memory alive,” said Smith.

Everyone who attended the vigil went home with a purple ribbon which is one of Shane’s favorite colors.

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