California Deputy Public Defender Slain on Mexican Vacation: Officials


An legal professional working for the Orange County Public Defender’s workplace was killed on Saturday whereas celebrating his first marriage ceremony anniversary along with his spouse in Mexico, California officers stated.

Elliot D. Blair, a 33-year-old assistant public defender, died in Rosarito Seashore, a preferred resort city near Mexico’s northern border, county Public Defender Martin Schwarz stated in a press release given to The Orange County Register.

It was not instantly clear how Blair was killed, however a GoFundMe arrange on behalf of his household stated he had been the sufferer of “a brutal crime.”

“Elliot was often known as a affected person and caring advocate,” wrote the web page’s writer, Annie Rodriguez, one other staffer within the public defender’s workplace. “He was the most effective of us and was cherished by numerous members of our workplace and the Orange County authorized neighborhood. We’re heartbroken.”

His spouse, recognized on the fundraising web page as a girl named Kim, was not concerned within the incident. She was additionally a public defender, based on Rodriguez.

“There will not be sufficient phrases to specific the extent of affection he had for Kim,” Rodriguez added. “Kim was his life… Kim’s coronary heart is shattered.”

Kim and Blair’s different family members had been within the means of negotiating the repatriation of his physique to the USA on Sunday.

A Spanish-language report from Rosarito outlet Noticias B.C. attributed Blair’s dying to a fall from a fourth-floor balcony at Las Rocas Resort and Spa, an area lodge. A police writeup of the incident reportedly detailed how municipal officers had been summoned to the scene and located a person, later recognized as Blair, unresponsive and face-down round 1 a.m. Saturday.

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Blair, who started working within the public defender’s workplace instantly after passing the bar in 2017, was described by Schwarz as a “devoted husband, terrific particular person and a unbelievable lawyer who devoted his life to serving his purchasers and serving to the county’s most susceptible.”

Schwarz additionally stated that he was “working with native and federal officers” to collect extra particulars on the case, with little data on the case having been shared with Blair’s household by Mexican authorities to date.

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