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‘Unsung hero’ from Iredell County killed in Orlando massacre

Orlando nightclub mass shooting

A gunman killed at least 49 people inside a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning. After holding hostages for hours, the gunman was killed by authorities in a shootout. More than 50 others were injured in the attack.
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A gunman killed at least 49 people inside a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning. After holding hostages for hours, the gunman was killed by authorities in a shootout. More than 50 others were injured in the attack.

When Tevin Eugene Crosby graduated from West Iredell High in Statesville in 2010, the staff voted him one of its “unsung heroes.”

“They may not be the strongest academically, but they’re the ones who show integrity and determination,” said Jacqueline Scott, who taught Crosby English. “They persevere.”

Crosby, 25, persevered.

But early Sunday morning, he was one of 49 people killed in the Orlando massacre. Shane Tomlinson, 33, of Concord was a second victim from North Carolina.

The news of Crosby’s death reached his English teacher Monday afternoon.

“I’m still in shock,” Scott said. “I remember his smile, his love of life.... I want people to know the laughter and the joy he spread.”

She said Crosby played on the basketball team and studied nursing fundamentals. The quote he picked for his senior yearbook, she said, was indicative of who he was: “I live my life to the fullest each day and force myself to accomplish my goals.”

Crosby studied business administration at Strayer University South in Charlotte, according to his Facebook page. He had moved to Michigan and owned a marketing firm, Total Entrepreneurs Concepts.

He regularly posted inspirational quotes on Facebook including this one on his cover page: “Rise up, start fresh, see the bright opportunity in each new day.”

“He was doing well for himself,” Scott said. “He wanted to be a success.”

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