Super Bowl Sunday was an exciting day for most football players around the U.S. However, for one professional football player for the Seattle Seahawks, it was a day of mourning.
Seahawks starting defensive end Frank Clark revealed on Sunday that his father was killed, along with three more of his family members. He said that they were involved in a house fire in Cleveland.
He said, “My father was killed in an arson fire along with 3 other members of my family on the East Side of Cleveland. Pray for me and my family during this time.”
In addition to the Tweet, ESPN noted that Clark retweeted a post from the Cleveland Fire Department that had been sent out on January 30. The Tweet said that the bodies of four victims had been located and recovered, but could not confirm who they were.
According to Cleveland.com, the vicious fire began last Tuesday at around 1 a.m. They did not say whether or not they have reason to believe it was arson, though Clark seems to believe so. Officials said that the smoke alarms were not working at the time of the fire.
The four bodies ended up being Clark’s father, 44-year-old Frank Clark III. Reportedly, Clark lost other family members including 46-year-old Alfonso Lathan Jr., 4-year-old Alfonso Lathan III, and 8-year-old Niyah. Another family member, 44-year-old Gianna Lathan, is reportedly being treated for burns as well.
The Seahawks said, “The entire Seahawks family is mourning with Frank Clark and his loved ones after their tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be pouring out to Frank and his family during their time of grieving.”
Other teammates sent their condolences to Clark on social media.
As requested, please be praying for Frank Clark and his family during this tragic time. Share your prayers here. In other recent news, President Trump just responded to the death of an NFL linebacker.