Bears fan stabbed to death

Updated: October 7, 2012, 11:10 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A suburban Chicago man in Jacksonville for the Chicago Bears game was stabbed to death inside a local bar early Sunday morning.

William Christopher Pettry, 42, of Lake Villa, Ill., was stabbed at Fionn MacCool's, an Irish restaurant and bar, at the Jacksonville Landing area, and later pronounced dead, according to a news release from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Jacksonville resident Matthew Hinson, 28, was arrested for the crime.

According to the release, the investigation revealed Pettry was in town for the game and "was involved in a disturbance with two other subjects inside of the restaurant. During the incident, Mr. Pettry was stabbed by one of the subjects and was later pronounced deceased."

Hinson was found at the scene, detained and charged with the crime.

The victim's wife, Karen Hunt Pettry, posted about her husband's death on her Facebook page Sunday:

"Today my husband William Christopher Pettry (Most of you only know him by Chris) was taken from his family way to early. Some idiot has taken his life. Im so mad, just don't understand why, very lost right now. Please hug the ones you love because you never know if tomorrow you will have that chance."

Police say the investigation is ongoing and there will be a press conference Monday at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Jon Greenberg

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Jon Greenberg is a columnist for ESPNChicago.com. He has lived and worked in Chicago since 2003, and is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Chicago.

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