CHARLOTTE, N.C. – 25- year-old Tevin Crosby from Statesville and 34-year-old Shane Tomlinson who grew up in Concord were two of the 49 victims in the Pulse Nightclub.
Tomlinson's classmates at Northwest Cabarrus High School have spent the last year working to keep his legacy alive.
"They wanted to find a way to share the gift of music and the love of music that Shane Tomlinson had with members of our band program," said Chris Hardesty, Band Director at NCHS.
Hardesty says members of the Class of 1999 donated a saxophone at the school's band banquet. The case has a plaque in Tomlinson's honor with the message, "may your music play on."
"Every single day when they open up their case, they will see in memory of Shane Tomlinson," said Hardesty. "If I was that student that would be such a touching thing to see."
"There are students that have passion and enthusiasm and to find ways to put an instrument in their hand and for them to enjoy the same love of music is really touching," said Hardesty
The saxophone will be assigned to a student for the first time next school year. Tomlinson played the saxophone when he was a student at Northwest.
His love for music continued throughout his life. Tomlinson was the lead singer of the Orlando based band Frequency. He gave what would be his final performance last June, before he and some friends headed to Pulse Night Club.
Hardesty says it will be a teachable moment when he assigns the saxophone next semester.
"The opportunity to learn about him and learn about his love of music and hopefully that will inspire them," he said.
Tomlinson's classmates also plan to start a scholarship to pay the $500 marching band fees for 2 students each year.
To donate, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Shane Tomlinson Scholarship, PO Box 1108, Kannapolis NC 28081