In September 2021, a mom holding her 2-year-old son plunged from the upper stands at Petco Park stadium. It happened just before the Padres game was about to start. While at first some thought the death was accidental, it was later ruled a murder-suicide.
Now new evidence in the incident has come to light.
Before her death, 40-year-old Raquel Wilkins was trying to formulate a plan. She had reportedly searched “easy suicide” and “means of suicide” on her phone.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 21, 2022
Her boyfriend, Christopher Browning, told the San Diego Union-Tribune about the incident, insisting that something was off. He said that Wilkins had asked for a family selfie just before her death, which was unusual. Then he described her eerie expression before she took the plunge.
Mom who plunged to her death with baby in her arms at Petco Park had searched for ‘easy suicide’ on her phone and had grown paranoid and delusional in the months before the murder-suicide, documents reveal
— IntoTheMystic (@Mystic_Sailor) August 10, 2022
All of a sudden, he said a strange look came across her face as they were taking in the views. She stared straight at him “like in a movie,” he said. Then, taking her son, Denzel Wilkins-Browning, with her, she stepped up onto a bench and jumped.
“It was so quick, so fast,” Browning said.
San Diego police have concluded that a 40-year-old woman died by suicide when she fell from a third-level concourse at Petco Park last September, killing her and her 2-year-old son. https://t.co/MnSgjvdYHD
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 20, 2022
Before the phone evidence came to light, the Wilkins’ boyfriend knew the truth. He said that she had recently broken down, asking him, “Why don’t you just kill us both?” She had also been asking how high someone would need to fall in order to ensure they died. While Wilkins had been showing signs of paranoia, her family didn’t believe the death was intentional. They even hired lawyers to prove otherwise in the months after her death.
Good story by @TeriFigueroaUT into death last year of a mother and toddler at Petco Park. Heartbreaking no matter if you accept police conclusion it was a murder-suicide or side with family and their lawyer that it wasn’t. https://t.co/Euh14xVaIb
— Laura Wingard (@laura_wingard) August 8, 2022
Still, in January, police ruled the death to be a murder-suicide.
A witness also told police that it look “100 percent intentional,” according to the police report. “Her demeanor walking up was so calm. She didn’t even look down,” the witness claimed. “It looked just like she was trying to hop over a fence.”
After a lengthy investigation, San Diego police have ruled the death of a woman who fell from a third-story stadium concourse last fall at Petco Park while holding her 2-year-old son a murder-suicide https://t.co/xvncudNBkB
— KTLA (@KTLA) January 20, 2022
The incident is so disturbing, especially because Wilkins decided to take her toddler with her when she jumped to her death. But now her boyfriend feels that acknowledging the cause of death is important. He says the only way to “honor Denzel and her is to really be truthful.”
— Overtime Heroics Baseball (@baseball_oth) January 23, 2022
“And to grieve in a healthy way, you have to honor the truth,” he said. “I loved her core,” he said of his deceased partner. He also shared that his toddler was “beautiful and he was happy and he got the most out of life.”