Authorities in California have identified the mother and son who fell to their deaths this weekend during a San Diego Padres game at Petco National Park.
According to the New York Post, the victims have been identified as 40-year-old Raquel Wilkins and her 2-year-old son Denzel Browning-Wilkins. As previously reported, investigators initially said the deaths appeared suspicious, but it remains unclear why, and no one has been charged in connection to the deaths.
The New York Post notes that Wilkins appears to have gotten engaged the day of the fall. In her final Facebook post, Wilkins said that she had become engaged to Christopher Browning, who appears to be the boy’s father. According to multiple reports, Browning was present at the time of the fatal fall.
Witnesses have reportedly said that Wilkins had been standing on a bench holding her child and laughing. She lost her balance and fell to the ground once, before returning to the position on the bench. At that point, she fell over a railing next to the bench.
She “started jumping on the bench of the table closest to the railing, holding the baby in her arms,” the witness told the outlet. “She lost her balance and fell off the bench. I remarked to my son, ‘Oh my gosh, she almost fell.’”
San Diego Police Homicide Lt. Andra Brown told KUSI on Wednesday that the investigation is ongoing.
“How and why this happened are questions on the mind of many, especially the investigators looking for answers in this heartbreaking case,” she said.
“We feel horrible for the families. Our hearts obviously go out to the family members but also to the people here who could potentially be traumatized by this, that saw this,” Brown continued. “We are speaking to the father of the child. They were not married, but we do have the father of the child and we are speaking with him.”
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[Feature image: Raquel Wilkins; Denzel Browning Wilkins/Facebook]