Chris Pettry, a 42-year-old father of three, was in Jacksonville Sunday for the Bears – Jaguars game. The night before the game, Pettry went to Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant & Pub which was a block from where both he and the Bears were staying. Pettry was at the bar with a group of Bears fans. From the Chicago Tribune:
At some point Pettry stepped out to an outdoor patio, the friend told Asbury. The friend said a waitress came up to the table and said Pettry had been hurt.
“They didn’t know what to tell him. They told him, ‘Your friend isn’t feeling well.’ (The friend) went up to the front and he (Pettry) was on the floor and it was over,” Asbury said.
“I’m still at a loss as to how he goes from the washroom to get another round to … he never made it back.”
Police said in a press release that Pettry was involved in a “disturbance” with two other people shortly before 2 a.m. at the restaurant in Jacksonville Landing.
At some point during the evening Pettry had talked to the wife of Matthew Reid Hinson. The Chicago Sun-Times has the disturbing details.
“For some reason, he became jealous, enraged, whatever you want to call it, and approached our victim,” said Jacksonville Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Schoonover. “According to one of the eyewitnesses, he calmly and basically cold-blooded just cut the victim’s throat, and calmly walked out of the restaurant.”
Hinson was arrested shortly after the murder.
[Ed. Original post said this happened after the game, but it was early Sunday morning.]
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