Deaths in Petco Park before Padres baseball game decided on suicide, murder

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Police Department has concluded that a 40-year-old woman died by suicide when she fell from a third-floor hallway in Petco Park last September, killing her and her 2-year-old son.

The woman, Raquel Wilkins, and her son, Denzel Browning-Wilkins, were pronounced dead on September 25, shortly before a baseball game there between the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves. The San Diego Police Department initially said the deaths “appeared suspicious,” but did not say Wednesday how they arrived at their conclusion.

“The detectives conducted a thorough and comprehensive investigation involving dozens of interviews, reviewing available video footage and gathering background information to determine what led to the deaths,” police said in a press release on Wednesday. “In consultation with the San Diego County medical examiner, the death of Raquel Wilkins has been classified as suicide and the death of Denzel Browning-Wilkins has been classified as murder. The San Diego Police Department will not comment further on the matter.”

A lawyer for the woman’s family, Dan Gilleon, expressed his dismay on Wednesday and said the family is considering a lawsuit against the city, which owns the stadium.

“SDPD will tell the world that Raquel Wilkins killed herself and her baby,” Gilleon said on Twitter. “But they won’t have the human decency to bother to explain why they think that. Imagine how Raquel’s family feels about such a terrible event.”

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