Shane Evan Tomlinson: Beloved singer 'did everything in excellence'

Tomlinson was in bands in Miami and Orlando

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33, was a talented musical performer.

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33, was a beloved singer and performer who made his mark in bands and musical groups in Miami and Orlando.

Tomlinson attended East Carolina University before moving to Orlando and was the lead singer of the Frequency Band, according to his Facebook page.

Friends told News 6 Tomlinson had finished performing with his bandmates the night of June 11, 2016, and he went to Pulse nightclub to blow off some steam afterward.

His name was released by authorities the day after the mass shooting at Pulse.

Weeks after the June 12 shooting, his musical family celebrated his life at the House of Blues, one of the musical venues where he performed.

Hundreds of people crowded the House of Blues at Disney Springs to remember him.

Musical acts from most of the bands and groups Tomlinson had performed with headlined a celebration of life, at which guests were asked to wear white.

"Shane was a great person," CeCe Teneal, said. "He did everything in excellence, so it was important to us to put on a celebration of life that was grand."

Teneal performed with Tomlinson in Soul Commotion, the first band he joined when he moved to Orlando from North Carolina.

"Based on what has happened in this community, we all need each other," Teneal said. "There's no way we can get through this unless we lean on each other."


About the Author:

Erik Sandoval joined the News 6 team as a reporter in May 2013 and became an Investigator in 2020. During his time at News 6, Erik has covered several major stories, including the 2016 Presidential campaign. He was also one of the first reporters live on the air at the Pulse Nightclub shooting.