Slain Evansville DJ United People Through Chords, Choruses


The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office has concluded Shane Breedlove, the beloved Evansville disc jockey found dead on the city’s east side on Sunday, died from internal bleeding as a result of being shot. While police detectives remain on the hunt for the killer, Breedlove’s friends and co-workers remember the 41-year-old for his vivacious personality and his love for music.

KC’s Time Out Lounge, where Breedlove often worked, announced late Monday that it was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Breedlove’s killer. Similarly, Jackson Young, a county music artist who was a close friend of Breedlove, is offering an additional reward through a GoFundMe page.

Breedlove was found dead near the corner of Washington and Thompson Avenues on Sunday night. Breedlove, a well-known and well-liked disc jockey, was on his way to work at KC’s Time Out Lounge when he was murdered, police said.
For Young, chords, choruses and country music brought he and Breedlove together. On the stage, no matter the size, they always found common ground.
“He was a guy that was comfortable in his own skin. Genuinely, he a people person,” Young said.

Young and Breedlove often played music together, frequently appearing on Eyewitness News’ Lifestyles program. Even though they met through music, their friendship went far beyond it.

Now an accomplished musician, Young credits Breedlove for much of his success. Whether it was a record launch, photo shoot or an independent film, Breedlove always helped, Young said.

Young will forever be grateful.

“I could always count on him. I really could. So, yeah, I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss my friend,” Young said. “I’m not going to paint him as Jesus and he walked on water because he didn’t. I think it’s those inconsistencies about a person that make them beautiful.”

What breaks quickly often mends slowly. The most visceral of emotions often follow.

“I’m so damn mad right now I can’t even see straight,” Young said as he directed his anger toward Breedlove’s killer. “There is no honor among cowards like you. We’ll see you soon.”

Young was at his home near Nashville when he received the news early Monday morning

“I thought it was a joke. I thought that’s not Shane. I didn’t believe it,” Young said. “[Nothing] makes sense in this scenario.”

Jackson believes it was out of character for Breedlove to be walking to work, especially around 9:30 on a Sunday night. Breedlove typically carried a firearm because of his side business of re-possessing cars for banks and other lenders. Identifying a suspect has eluded detectives at this point, despite their best efforts, police said.

Significant monetary rewards for information have been offered, some of which coming from Young personally.

“If [there was] a bad person and [they’re] gone from this earth, would you make that kind of effort for a person like that after they’re gone? No,” Young said.

Chords and choruses were their common bond. Looking back at it now, those moments when they played together, especially on the Lifestyles program, seem so precious now.

“When we crested the hill and I realized that was the very last place that we performed together. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t even want to walk into the building.”

The visitation for Shane Breedlove, 41, will be held on Thursday from 4pm – 8pm at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home in Henderson, KY. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Country musician Jackson Young has some stern words for whomever is responsible for the death of his friend and well known disc jockey, Shane Breedlove.Posted by Jordan Vandenberge on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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