Before he was killed in the Orlando nightclub shooting, former N.C. resident Shane Tomlinson worked with his band on a new promo.
As a tribute Wednesday, the management company released the video. Watch it and you’ll get a sense of Tomlinson and his magnetic personality. He’s dressed in all-white, center stage, leading the band in Justin Bieber’s “What do you mean?” and other Top 40 hits.
“This is how we will remember him, as a person who always sang his heart out, strived for the best, and lived life to its fullest,” said Dennis Bailey of D. Bailey Management. “He loved what he did and we loved him for it.”
A gofundme page had raised nearly $20,000 by Wednesday afternoon for funeral expenses.
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Tomlinson, 33, graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School and East Carolina University. He was one of two N.C. men killed in the attack at the Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning that left 49 people dead and 53 injured.
Tevin Crosby, 25, a graduate of West Iredell High, was also killed. He was starting out in business.
In releasing the promo video, Bailey described Tomlinson’s passion and love of music as contagious. “What began as a good working relationship gradually developed into a strong friendship,” he wrote. “We loved working with him because of his caliber of talent, his professionalism, and just who he was as a person.”