Community Pulls Together to Support Grieving Family
A community in Paducah, Ky., reeling from the tragic shooting of a 3-year-old boy pulled together to help the grieving family.
Friends and family say Braydion Matlock was accidently shot at home. He was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville for treatment but died from his injuries. Just two days later, the Hinkleville Road Chick-fil-A restaurant responded by pledging 20 percent of its proceeds to help the family with funeral and other expenses.
And customers responded. The dining room and drive-thru swelled as well-wishers added extra donations. The proceeds from sales and contributions totaled about $3,000.
"These families are just like ours," says Julie Cassity, the restaurant's marketing director. "The family is no different from mine or yours. With a tragedy like that, unless you have been through that, you can't understand what the family is going through. It's so heart-wrenching."
A few members of the young boy's family spoke to the lunch-time crowed that day, thanking them for their support. Restaurant owner/Operator Mark Riley says the restaurant was touched very personally by the tragedy. The boy's mother was a former employee and his uncle currently works there. Braydion's grandfather is a popular local baseball coach.
The fundraiser was accompanied by several other similar efforts at other restaurants, Julie says. "It's a community event."
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