Hundreds expected for Greenville vigil remembering Orlando shooting victims


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – People across the country are remembering the lives of those lost in the Orlando nightclub massacre, and now people in the East are joining in the movement.

Tuesday night, members of the ECU and Greenville communities will gather at the Town Common in Uptown Greenville to pay tribute to the victims of the tragedy in Orlando.

One of those, WNCT first reported Monday morning, was ECU alum Shane Tomlinson.

The 33-year-old graduated with a communications degree in 2003. Originally from Concord, he made his way to the East before moving to Orlando. Tomlinson was the manager and lead vocalist of the music group Frequency Band.

He, along with the 48 other victims, will be remembered at Tuesday night’s march and candlelight vigil in Greenville.

Organizer and ECU GLBT President Amy Bright says it’s important for the community to lean on one another for support, but it’s about more than that.

“It also shows the world that we are a united front and that we are committed to continuing our work toward equality even in the face of tragedy,” Bright said.

Speakers Tuesday night will read each of the victims’ names.

The march to Town Common starts at Crave in Uptown Greenville Tuesday night at 8. The vigil in Town Common will begin at 8:30 p.m.

More than 250 people are expected to attend.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help with services for Tomlinson. It’s already accumulated more than $8,000 in just 18 hours. A link to the page can be found here.

According to WNCT’s Josh Birch, 6 Greenville Police officers volunteered to be at the vigil.

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