$200,000 raised for family of Bridgewater man fatally injured at Quincy American Legion post

“It's an absolute reflection of who Chris was to all of us.”

Chris McCallum
Chris McCallum with his wife, Kathy. –Courtesy photo, via the Boston Globe

More than a thousand people have pitched in to help the family of a 44-year-old Bridgewater man, who his loved ones say was fatally injured Sunday as he attempted to break up a fight in Quincy.

A GoFundMe page started Tuesday for Christopher McCallum’s family had raised $200,000 as of Friday evening. The organizer of the page, Michael Doyle, said the entire family has been blown away by the outpouring of support. McCallum left behind a wife, Kathy, and three sons — Ryan, Michael, and Christopher.

“This is [an] incredible testimony to Chris and the whole family,” he wrote to the more than 1,400 people who donated. “You are all heroic in what you’ve done for Kathy, Ryan, Michael and Christopher and we want to collectively thank you for all that [you’re] doing. This is truly what family and friend support looks like and it’s an absolute reflection of who Chris was to all of us.”

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Quincy police responded to reports of a “large disturbance” outside the American Legion post on Moon Island Road around 1 a.m. Sunday, where they found McCallum “unconscious and bleeding.” He was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he died from his injuries on Monday.

State police detectives assigned to the Norfolk District Attorney’s office are investigating his death.

The 44-year-old father of three went to the Nickerson Post on Saturday night with his twin brother, Billy, to see a Clash cover band, his brother-in-law, Bill Doyle, told The Boston Globe.

Bill Doyle told the newspaper that at one point a group of men began causing trouble and were kicked out of the venue. They were trying to get back in when the fight started and McCallum tried to intercede, according to the Globe. Bill Doyle said his brother-in-law was sucker-punched and fell, striking his head hard and suffering a grievous injury.

“He was trying to separate two people from fighting, because that’s who he is,” he told the Globe.

According to the Quincy Patriot Ledger, the fight started an hour after the police detail — required by the city for private events where there will be alcohol and dancing — assigned to the venue ended.

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Those who were involved in the fight fled when police arrived at the scene, the Ledger reported.

David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk District Attorney’s office, told Boston.com on Friday that the investigation into McCallum’s death remains active and ongoing.

“We are still looking to interview people who might have direct information as to what happened that night,” he said.

Anyone with information they feel could assist investigators is urged to contact state police detectives at 781-830-4990.

“We want someone to be accountable,” Bill Doyle told the Ledger. “He was too nice a guy. It was not just an accident; it was something done to him, and we are absolutely hoping for some sort of justice.”

McCallum is being remembered for working “tirelessly” for his family. A Quincy native who worked as an engineer, he previously coached youth football in Bridgewater and never hesitated to help others in need, according to the Globe.

“Chris was the quintessential good guy, passionately willing to help anyone in need whenever possible,” organizers wrote on the GoFundMe page for the McCallum family. “He was a fiercely devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend. Also beloved by nieces and nephews, there was no audience that didn’t see the overwhelming good in Chris from first blush.”

“He’s a dad that goes above and beyond all the time,” Bill Doyle told the Brockton Enterprise. “He always put himself behind everyone else … he was the nicest, most giving person you could meet.”

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The local community is also rallying to support the McCallum family, with the Bridgewater-Rayham Regional High School football team collecting messages of support and donations to support the family.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that McCallum was at the Nickerson Post with his brother-in-law, Bill Doyle. He was there with his twin brother, Billy.

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