Man Who Trained With Bears Shot, Killed at Home

Floyd Butler trained with Chicago Bears in 1960s

A 70-year-old man who once trained with the Chicago Bears was found murdered inside his South Shore home Monday morning.

Floyd Butler, 70, of the 7000 block of South Merrill Avenue, suffered a shotgun wound to his head at his home, according to a Cook County Medical Examiner¹s office spokesman, who said it was not immediately known what time Butler was pronounced dead.

Butler participated in the Chicago Bears training camp in 1967, said Scott Hagel, Bears spokesman. Butler did not make the team but wore the uniform during training, he said.

Neighbors near his South Shore home said he spend his days quietly at home in his older age.

Family members found Butler inside his home with its door kicked in on the South Side around 1 a.m. Monday, police said.

"This is a very very quiet place.  We dont have a lot of problems.  Again, I was just very surprised that it happened,"

Although the motive is still unclear, family friend Ed Dehaas said he worries that work being done on Butler's home was drawing in a crowd that "could have attracted bad people."

The incident is being investigating as a homicide.

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