By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The owner of Kiki’s Chicken Place has died from COVID-19.

Summer Gonzalez was the co-CEO and co-creator of the Sacramento-based fried chicken restaurant chain. She died early Friday morning after a week-long battle with the virus, the company said in a statement.

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“To even conjure those words in this announcement is incredibly heartbreaking as we understand what Summer’s impact is on her family, community, and loved ones,” the restaurant chain said.

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Kiki’s opened its first location 2015, but quickly expanded to a dozen other locations across the Sacramento area as well as a roaming food truck.

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Gonzalez leaves behind her husband of 25 years, Santiago, as well as four children.