Virginia

Family of Woman Who Died of Apparent Overdose Protests Redskins’ Montae Nicholson

The woman's family says Nicholson didn't call 911

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What to Know

  • Julia Crabbe, 21, died of an apparent overdose on Nov. 14 in Ashburn, Virginia
  • Redskins player Montae Nicholson and another man took Crabbe to the hospital and immediately left, court documents say
  • Nicholson and the Redskins have said they are cooperating in the investigation into Crabbe's death

While most Redskins fans attending Sunday's match against the Lions donned burgundy and gold, one group in the stands of FedEx Field stood out in black.

"We're here today to send a message," said Laurie Curry, whose t-shirt read "#justiceforjulia" above a photo of her late neice, Julia Crabbe.

Crabbe, 21, died of an apparent drug overdose in Ashburn, Virginia, on Nov. 14.

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson and another man took Crabbe to the Inova Emergency Room-Ashburn HealthPlex about 1:30 a.m., and immediately left, according to court documents.

Hospital staff told police that Crabbe appeared to be dead when they took her out of the car, court documents say.

"We don't believe that Montae Nicholson has taken any accountability. He didn't call 911. He made phone calls to other people first. [That] could've been the difference, we'll never know, of her living," Curry said.

Other relatives of Crabbe's wore shirts Sunday that read "#35nevercalled911" in reference to Nicholson's team number.

Police discovered pills, marijuana and foil with drug residue during a subsequent search of Nicholson's home.

"We understand how the partying and the lifestyle goes and we're just more upset about the fact that he just let her die in the house," Crabbe's cousin Trent Ellis said.

Nicholson addressed Crabbe's death on Thursday.

"I'd like to make it known that this week has been extremely hard on not only myself, but Julia's friends and family as well," he said.

The Redskins said in a previous statement that the team was cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has not charged Nicholson with a crime.

Crabbe's cause of death has not been determined and the investigation is still open.

"She was a loving, beautiful, young lady, had a long life ahead of her, great plans to model," Crabbe's cousin Yvette Alston said.

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