Hootie & the Blowfish sent flowers and a get-well card to the family of the man who was sucker punched on King Street earlier this month.

Billy and Ashley Schilling of Bluffton on Thursday got flowers and a note that read "Thinking of you Wishing you a speedy recovery Hootie and the Blowfish."

The Schillings attended a Hootie & the Blowfish concert in Charleston the night Billy Schilling was attacked. A friend of the family went to school with the band's drummer, which also might explain the card and flowers, according to Ashley Schilling's father, Scott Kirkpatrick.

The couple was walking along King Street after the concert Aug. 9 when a man insulted Ashley. Billy said something to him and the man turned around and hit him in the face, sending him to the sidewalk and fracturing his skull.

James Hutton, 27, of Greenville, a former college football fullback, was arrested and charged with

second-degree assault and battery by mob. He was released from the Charleston County jail on $20,000 bail.

Billy Schilling has been unable to work since the accident. An online fund for his medical bills has raised almost $4,000 so far.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.