Cutler hosts family of slain Bears fan

October, 23, 2012
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CHICAGO -- The family of the Chicago Bears fan murdered in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 7 attended the team's Monday night win against the Detroit Lions as a guest of quarterback Jay Cutler.

Christopher Pettry, a 42-year-old Lake Villa, Ill., resident in Jacksonville for the Bears-Jaguars game, was fatally stabbed at Fionn MacCool's, a restaurant and bar in the Jacksonville Landing area. Jacksonville resident Matthew Hinson, 28, was arrested for the crime and since has been charged with felony murder.

Pettry left behind a wife, Karen, and three children.

Cutler provided the Pettry family with tickets and mingled with them on the field before the game, the latest gesture of support by a Bear. Tight end Kellen Davis and his agent organized a charity outing at a bar in Wrigleyville during the bye week to raise money for Karen Pettry and her children.

"We wanted to reach out and bring them to the game," Cutler said. "It's a tough situation. There's nothing I or anyone can say that can really ease their pain or bring anybody back. Hopefully we were able to let them have an enjoyable time for three or four hours and kind of forget their loss and just have a good time and help them in that way because it's hard."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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