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SDPD – NBC 7 San Diego

Law enforcement investigators have released the cause of death for a San Diego mother and her child who died last fall outside Petco Park.

The deaths last September of San Diego residents Raquel Wilkins, 40, and her 2-year-old son, Denzel Browning-Wilkins, were considered suspicious at the time. The couple died of traumatic injuries as they fell from the hall and landed on the sidewalk at Tony Gwynn Way on September 25, despite life-saving efforts.

NBC 7's Dana Griffin has the latest on the tragic falling deaths in Petco Park over the weekend and the victim's identity.

On Wednesday, police said that after an extensive investigation, detectives "in consultation with the San Diego County Medical Examiner" had classified Raquel's death as a suicide and Denzel's as a murder.

According to a lawyer hired by Wilkins' family, San Diego police have been investigating the incident as a homicide-suicide since the incident took place.

"The police department understands the interest in this tragic event and the issues that have arisen," an SDPD representative said at the time. "How and why this happened are questions that many are thinking about, especially the investigators looking for answers in this heartbreaking case."

NBC 7's Dana Griffin heard from a witness sitting at a table away from a mother and a child who fell to their deaths over a railing in Petco Park.

Police officials said in a press release issued Wednesday that their investigation "included dozens of interviews, reviewing available video footage and gathering background information to determine what led to the deaths."

No other details about the incident were released by police, who said it "would not comment further on the case" and that the family asked for privacy "during this difficult time."

After police released the death ratings on Wednesday, the San Diego Padres released the following statement through a spokesman: "In light of today's statement from the San Diego Police Department, we wish to reiterate our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of those involved in this tragedy."


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