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In time of grieving, former Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch consoles family

Marshawn Lynch gives family his condolences

Former Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch met with a grieving family at his restaurant in Emeryville and gave condolences after Shawn Edward Washington II died April 26, 2019.
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Former Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch met with a grieving family at his restaurant in Emeryville and gave condolences after Shawn Edward Washington II died April 26, 2019.

Marshawn Lynch is “Beast Mode” in the NFL but apparently can be a saint off the field.

That’s how a family dining at Lynch’s Bay Area restaurant soon after the sudden death of a family member sees it.

Shawn Edward Washington II died April 26 at Kaiser Permanente Manteca Medical Center, his sister Sharon Washington said. He was 29. The cause of the death isn’t known, but he had bronchitis, his sister said.

Shawn Washington was an Oakland native. He cheered on his hometown Oakland Raiders and also hometown hero Lynch, especially after Lynch joined the Raiders two seasons ago. Lynch is currently a free agent.

After Washington’s death, his family gathered for a dinner at Rob Ben’s Restaurant and Lounge in Emeryville, the restaurant that Lynch has owned since 2017.

Lo and behold, Lynch walked in while the Washington family was dining. Soon, he was doling out hugs. And he picked up the tab for the table, a party of at least 13 people.

“We will forever be grateful to Marshawn Lynch for his compassion, empathy, and responsiveness to a grieving family,” Sharon Washington said. “Marshawn hugged and held my mother. He told my mother he was so sorry she had to endure this pain.”

A family friend created a GoFundMe account to generate a trust fund for Shawn Washington’s daughter. By Saturday, it had more than doubled its $10,000 goal.

Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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