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Vigil held for Orange County public defender found dead in Mexico; family conducting independent investigation


The household of an Orange County public defender discovered lifeless in Mexico continues to seek for solutions and on Thursday night, they gathered, together with mates and supporters for a vigil.  

Elliot Blair, 33, died Jan. 14 at Las Rocas Resort and Spa in Rosarito after native police mentioned he was intoxicated and fell from a third-floor balcony. 

Blair and his spouse, Kim Williams, have been on the resort celebrating their one-year anniversary.  

“I miss his face. I miss his comedy,” Blair’s mom, Mary Stella Blair, mentioned. “I miss that we had this particular connection. We simply felt like kindred souls.”  

The demise of the 33-year-old legal professional has impacted many locally. Tons of of individuals turned out to recollect him at Thursday’s vigil.  

“It’s a gap that doesn’t really feel like it could ever be crammed once more. It’s an incredible loss to our household, his household, the neighborhood,” Janet Williams, Blair’s mother-in-law, mentioned.  

Controversy has surrounded Blair’s demise for the reason that morning his physique was found.  

“Kim was advised on the scene that he was the sufferer of a gunshot,” Case Barnett, a good friend and the household’s legal professional, mentioned.  

Mexican authorities then launched an announcement, calling his demise an unlucky accident, claiming he was drunk when he fell from the balcony. His household says that’s not the case.  

“We now have the proof and we’ve talked to the witnesses,” Barnett mentioned. “He wasn’t drunk. The autumn wasn’t the reason for his demise.”  

They don’t consider he was shot both.  

“It’s inconsistent with a gunshot, however it’s according to what we consider we’d discover,” Barnett advised KTLA. “We don’t know the precise location of the place the killing occurred. We consider the killing occurred some other place from the place he was discovered.” 

Whereas the household continues to be working to get Blair’s stays again from Mexico, they’re not revealing all the main points of their very own investigation. They’re anticipating his physique again on Monday, and plan to have their very own post-mortem and testing carried out. 

“At this level, we have now quite a lot of data, quite a lot of questions answered,” Barnett mentioned. “We are able to’t share all of that now.”  

Within the meantime, Blair is being remembered as a form, caring one that all the time helped others and for his nice humorousness. 

Blair’s spouse, in accordance with their legal professional, was asleep on the time within the couple’s resort room. She was reportedly awoken by resort employees and advised that her husband was lifeless. He added that they household hopes to have extra data to disclose subsequent week about what they consider is the true explanation for Blair’s demise. 


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