By SCOTT JACKSON
A fundraiser will be held next month to benefit the family of Christopher McCallum, the 44-year-old father of three who died in January after he was found unconscious outside the American Legion post in Squantum.
The benefit, “A Night Honoring Chris ‘Chief’ McCallum,” will be held Saturday, May 4, at IBEW Local 103, 256 Freeport St. in Boston, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at Eventbrite.com.
The Quincy Police Department responded to reports of a “large disorder” at the Nickerson Post, located at 20 Moon Island Rd., shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 27, according David Traub, the spokesman for the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. Traub said the officers who arrived on scene found McCallum unconscious and bleeding outside the post that morning.
McCallum was rushed to Boston Medical Center. He succumbed to his injures there the afternoon of Jan. 28.
Traub on Monday said the investigation into McCallum’s death remains underway.
“It is still under investigation,” he said. “Though we have nothing to announce, the investigation is ongoing and active.”
McCallum’s family members have said he was assaulted while trying to break up a fight outside the Nickerson Post following a concert that night and suffered a fatal head injury.
McCallum grew up on Deerfield Street in Squantum. He was a 1992 graduate of North Quincy High School and was captain of the Red Raiders football and hockey teams his senior years. He played football at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and worked as an engineer after graduating from the school.
McCallum had resided in Bridgewater with his wife, Kathy, and their teenage sons Ryan, Michael and Christopher.
An online fundraiser to benefit McCallum’s family raised more than $255,000, easily surpassing the original $100,000 goal. The fundraiser can be found at gofundme.com/chris-mccallum-family.
More than 500 residents attended vigil in memory of McCallum outside the Squantum Elementary School in February. Kathy McCallum spoke that evening, urging those who might have information on her husband’s death to come forward.
“We are asking anyone who attended the concert at the Nickerson Post the night Chris was assaulted and may have seen or heard anything that night to please come forward and contact State Police to share details, no matter how small they may seem because they are all important to this investigation,” she said. “Please clear your conscience and tell the truth. Even lies of omission lead to injustice.
“As our families struggle to move forward in a world without Chris, we ask that, in his memory and in remembrance of how he lived, please be kind to one another.”
State Police detectives assigned to the case can be contacted at 781-830-4990.