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Nick Viverito (left) and William Christopher Pettry went to Jacksonville, Fla., last weekend to watch the Chicago Bears play the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Pettry was killed when another man slashed his throat in a restaurant hours before the game. (Photo courtesy Nick Viverito)

Nick Viverito (left) and William Christopher Pettry went to Jacksonville, Fla., last weekend to watch the Chicago Bears play the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Pettry was killed when another man slashed his throat in a restaurant hours before the game. (Photo courtesy Nick Viverito)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Some Bears players are hosting a fundraiser this weekend for the family of a Lake Villa man who was murdered last weekend in Florida.

Bears’ tight end Kellen Davis put the auction together. It will include items donated by Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, wide receiver Devin Hester and others.

Family members of Chris Pettry say they are overwhelmed by the kindness.

Pettry was 42 and the father of three kids, all under the age of 16. Pettry and a friend were in a bar in Jacksonville—where the Bears were playing—last weekend.

Pettry died after his throat was slashed by Jacksonville resident Matthew Hinson, 27.

Police believe Hinson became enraged after Pettry and his friend were talking to Hinson’s wife and offered her a seat at a table.

The fund-raiser starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday at John Barleycorn’s, 3524 N. Clark St, near Wrigley Field.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser Reports


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