The downtown blast that stunned Nashville, TN and the rest of the nation on Dec. 25 wrecked resident Buck McCoy’s apartment. Shocking video taken by McCoy after the bomb exploded shows his entire apartment ruined following the explosion.
All of his belongings were lost in the wreckage. To make matters worse, his beloved cat, Molly, ran away.
“Just the most loud explosion I’ve ever heard,” McCoy said to WSMV. “It seemed like it took a few minutes to gather my senses. And then I just walked around and everything was just a mess. Blown up scattered glass everywhere to the point where I cut my feet and there was blood.”
McCoy initially worried that the bombing may not be an isolated incident. He thought the whole city could be under a terrorist attack.
“In my mind I started thinking this had to be terrorism,” McCoy explained to WSMV. “This is something they would do and it just felt like the end.”
On Thursday, officials investigating the scene of the downtown explosion found McCoy’s cat loose in the streets. Authorities were thankfully able to reunite Molly with her owner.
“I know she’s just a little orange cutie thing, but she was everything to me,” McCoy said. “The last 5 years she’s always been there for me.”
Brad Paisley Helps Promote McCoy’s Fundraiser
Local news covered McCoy reuniting with Molly, and one of Nashville’s many famous residents stepped up to help him out. Country singer Brad Paisley saw McCoy on the news and heard his story of losing everything he owned.
Paisley took action and lent a helping hand when he decided to get in contact with McCoy. He called the local musician and gifted McCoy with a brand new guitar so he could get back to playing. In fact, McCoy will already be putting the new guitar to use on Saturday night when his band plays at Legend’s Corner.
Additionally, Paisley offered up unlimited free groceries at The Store. The business provides food year-round to locals in need who are struggling to make ends meet.
However, the country singer didn’t stop there with his generosity. Paisley helped get out the word about a GoFundMe fundraiser for McCoy. The famous musician used his social media accounts to spread the news and draw attention to McCoy’s situation.
“Hey y’all, let’s help Buck. It’s Nashville. That’s what we do,” Paisley wrote on his Facebook page.
As of Friday afternoon on New Year’s Day, more than 600 people have donated to help McCoy after the bombing. In just six days, the GoFundMe campaign has raised almost $36,000 of its $50,000 goal.