ECU graduate confirmed dead in Orlando shooting

Published 3:21 pm Monday, June 13, 2016

GREENVILLE — East Carolina University officials confirmed Monday morning that one of the victims in the June 12 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando is an ECU graduate.

Shane Evan Tomlinson graduated from ECU in December 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in business administration. He lived in Orlando.

According to social media accounts and friends, Tomlinson managed and performed with the Florida group, The Frequency Band.

“We are saddened to learn that one of our own was killed in this tragedy in Orlando,” said Chancellor Steve Ballard. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Shane’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs, said, “Today, we mourn the loss of Shane Tomlinson and all of those impacted in this senseless tragedy. While gone way too soon, Shane and his family are forever in the hearts of the Pirate Nation.”

A candlelight vigil is planned for the East Carolina University and Greenville community at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Five Points Plaza. After a small ceremony, the group will walk to the Greenville Town Common.