LYNCHBURG, Va (WFXR) — The community is mourning the loss of 28-year-old Tyler Johnson after a fatal shooting at Iron & Ale in Lynchburg. A vigil was held outside the restaurant for the community to honor Tyler and offer their condolences to all those impacted by the tragic event.
Cary McFadden is a partial owner of Iron & Ale, she spoke of Tyler’s character and the impact he made on the people around him.
“He welcomed people, he loved people, he was a kind, kind young man,” said McFadden.
Dozens of people came together to honor Tyler and offer their condolences to all those impacted by the tragedy. Drew Kennedy says he is a regular at Iron & Ale, he says his heart dropped when he heard what had happened.
“Just can’t put into words the heartbreak for wade and his family. Wade’s an awesome guy, known him for about a year and a half now, and knowing that he and his family and the work-family are going through this just breaks my heart,” said Kennedy.
Kennedy says he had grown to be close with Tyler’s family. He and his girlfriend wanted to offer their support during this time.
“Want them to know that from my girlfriend and me, we love them, which is why we came out here,” said Kennedy.
McFadden says she is grateful to see the outpour of love from the community.
“I guess if tragedy does nothing more, it makes you realize what kind of community we really live in, which is incredible,” McFadden said.
Pastor Bradbell from Impact church spoke at the vigil, he says the community needs to be there for one another now more than ever
“We’re not supposed to go through this on our own, we are gonna need to bond together as friends as family as a community, and we’re gonna need to overcome evil with good,” said Bradbell.
One Iron&Ale employee tells WFXR that counseling services are being made available for employees. People had the opportunity to leave flowers, notes and pay tribute to Tyler’s life.