Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — Managing Director of Holy City Hospitality Marty Wall released the following statement Friday morning regarding yesterday's tragedy at Virginia's on King:

"We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by what transpired yesterday at our restaurant Virginia's on King. We are devastated by the passing of Shane Whiddon, our beloved and well-respected chef and friend. Our thoughts and prayers from Holy City Hospitality and Bennett Hospitality are with Shane's family, our work family, and the customers and employees who are affected by this awful tragedy. We're extremely grateful for the incredible teamwork of the many law enforcement agencies and the Mayor of Charleston in handling yesterday's events. We would also like to thank the Pastor and staff at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church for all the support they provided law enforcement and our staff. The outpouring of support from the community has been remarkable and for that we are very grateful."

Anthony Shane Whiddon, 37, was fatally shot at Virginia's on King according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office. Whiddon was the executive chef at Virginia's on King, a traditional Southern "comfort food" restaurant just up from Marion Square.

The Holy City Hospitality family says they appreciate the outpouring support.