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Chicago Bears fan stabbed to death in Jacksonville

A Chicago-area man who traveled to Jacksonville over the weekend to watch the Bears' game against the Jaguars was killed in a bar stabbing, according to police.

The Florida Times-Union reported that William C. "Chris" Pettry, 42, died after having his throat slit inside Fionn MacCools, an Irish-themed restaurant in a downtown mall early Sunday morning. The police arrested a Jacksonville resident and placed him in jail on a murder charge.

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According to The Times-Union, Pettry, who was from Lake Villa, Ill., had been talking with the suspect's wife when the attack occurred.

Lt. Rob Schoonover of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released a statement regarding the investigation, stating that 27-year-old Matthew Hinson was seen stabbing Pettry: "Independent eyewitnesses gave detailed accounts of the incident. Each described how the suspect cut the victim and calmly walked out of the establishment. The suspect placed the bloody knife in his pocket and walked out of the restaurant."

Police say Hinson admitted to the stabbing and was booked.

The stabbing came after Pettry was "involved in a disturbance with two other subjects." The bar was located near a hotel that Bears fans took over when they traveled to Jacksonville.

UPDATE:  Bears coach Lovie Smith gave his condolences during Monday's news conference.

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