Hundreds attend fundraiser to support family of fallen Quincy father


QUINCY, Mass. – Three months after Chris McCallum’s death, his family says they’re still searching for justice. McCallum died while trying to break up a fight. The person who delivered a fatal punch has not been identified.

Hundreds of people gathered at the IBEW Local 103 post in Dorchester to raise money to help the family he left behind.

“We are going to celebrate Chris tonight,” said Stacey Ostiguy-Lemay, a family friend.

Dozens of raffle and auction items: cookies for sale and matching t-shirts.

“We presold over 900 tickets, that in of itself, it’s heartwarming,” Ostiguy-Lemay said.

It’s an emotional example of what it means to be a community.

“We are all here because Chris was an amazing, amazing person and we will do anything we can to make sure Kathy and her boys are taken care of the way that we know that, if one of us were in this horrible situation, that they would be doing the same for us,” Ostiguy-Lemay said.

Just over three months ago, Chris McCallum died trying to break up a fight at a Quincy bar. He left behind a wife and three teenage sons.

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“He was a tremendous husband and an unbelievable father…dedicated, loving, passionate father,” said Mark Kelleher, a friend of Chris

The support won’t bring Chris back, but keeping his name alive might bring some justice.

“The pain will never go away but this is something we can do,” Kelleher added.

Investigators are still trying to find the person that punched Chris. His family has been pleading for witnesses to come forward. But it’s been a struggle.

Quincy Police handed the investigation over to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office because many officers know people who were at the bar that night.

“Anything we can do to support this family as long as they need support,” Kelleher said. “We are always going to be by their side, every day for the rest of their life.”

A GoFundMe for the family also raised more than $250,000 for the family.

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