US attorney Elliot Blair was ‘victim of violent crime’ in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, death, family claims

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An American public defender who died this month while celebrating his first wedding anniversary in Mexico was the victim of a “brutal crime,” his family said, noting that crown liaison to them that the case was referred to a local prosecutor “to conduct a murder. investigation.”

Elliot Blair, 33, a deputy public defender in Orange County, California, died of “extreme head trauma,” the contact said, citing an autopsy, according to a family statement provided by their attorney, David Scarsone over.

Blair was found dead Saturday at the Las Rocas Resort in Rosarito Beach – a 45-mile drive south of San Diego – where he and his wife Kim lived.

The Baja California Attorney General’s Office said the death “appeared to be the result of an unfortunate accident since the now-deceased fell from a third-story floor,” according to its statement to the Register Orange County.

The agency did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. Rosarito Beach police did not immediately return CNN’s calls.

Blair’s family has not been in contact with Mexican law enforcement about his death, they said.

“The family, who have extensive legal training in criminal law, firmly believe, based on their initial investigation, that Elliot was the victim of a violent crime,” his statement read.

Blair had been on vacation when he died, loved ones said.

Although Blair’s relatives do not offer specific evidence of wrongdoing, they argue that his death occurred off the balcony of the couple’s resort room and say it happened outside the front door of the room. the outdoor walkway, according to the statement.

“Elliot was not intoxicated at the time of this incident,” the family said, adding that they told the coroner’s liaison they would hire a private firm to conduct an independent investigation. , including toxicology.The contact had informed them that a toxicology report had not been completed, they said.

The family is against cremation of Blair’s body, they said, noting in discussions with a funeral home that they have been told several times that authorities have recommended that process.

A fundraiser in Blair’s memory has been organized by a colleague to help Blair’s wife with the “difficult process of transporting Elliot’s body from Mexico to the US and dealing with to all the red tape,” reads the donation page set up by Annie Rodriguez. , contacted by CNN.

“We wish we could give more information to everyone, but not much information has been released by authorities in Mexico,” it reads.

Elliot and Kim have been with the Orange County public defender’s office since 2017, the page says.

“Elliot was known for a smile on his face and a crazy mind,” the site reads. “There are not enough words to express the amount of love he had for Kim. Kim was his life. They have just started building a life together in their first year of marriage.”

Orange County Public Defender Martin Schwarz referred CNN to Scarsone.

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