(CNN) — An American lawyer who died while celebrating his first wedding anniversary in Mexico this weekend was “the victim of a brutal crime,” his family said, noting that a coroner’s official told them that The case was referred to a local prosecutor. Murder investigation.”
Elliot Blair, 33, a deputy public defender in Orange County, California, died of “severe head trauma,” the official said, citing an autopsy, according to a family statement provided by his attorney, David Scarsone. .
Blair was found dead on Saturday at the Las Rocas resort in Playas de Rosarito, more than 70 kilometers south of San Diego, where he was staying with his wife, Kim.
The Baja California State Attorney General’s Office said the death “appears to be the result of an unfortunate accident caused by the fall of the now-deceased man from a third floor,” according to their statement to the newspaper. Orange County Register,
Prosecutors did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. Rosarito Beach police did not immediately respond to a call from CNN.
For their part, Blair’s family had no contact with Mexican security forces regarding his death, they said.
Their statement read, “The family, who have extensive legal training in criminal law, wholeheartedly believe, based on their preliminary investigation, that Elliot was the victim of a brutal crime.”
Family says lawyer was not under the influence of any toxic substance
Although Blair’s relatives offered no specific evidence of a crime, they denied that she had fallen to her death from the balcony of the room where the couple were staying, according to the statement. In this sense, the family confirms that the death occurred in the open corridor, outside the main door of the room.
“Elliot was not under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident,” the family said. He said he told the coroner’s officer that he would hire a private company to conduct an independent investigation, including toxicology. The officer told him that a toxicology report had not been completed, he said.
The family opposes cremation of Blair’s body, they said, adding that in conversations with a funeral home they have been told several times that officials have recommended that procedure.
A co-worker organized a fundraiser in honor of Blair’s memory to help his wife with the “cumbersome process involved in moving Elliott’s body from Mexico to the United States and dealing with all the red tape”. Was contacted by CNN.
“We wish we could provide everyone with more information, but very little has been disclosed by the Mexican authorities,” it reads.
The page says Elliott and Kim have worked at the Orange County Public Defender’s office since 2017.
“Elliot was known for his smile and clever mind,” the site reads. “There are not enough words to express the level of love he felt for Kim. Kim was his life. They began building a life together in their first year of marriage.”
Orange County Public Defender Martin Schwarz referred Scarsone to CNN.