Mum who fell to death with toddler at stadium got engaged hours earlier

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A mum who fell 20 metres to her death at a baseball stadium with her two-year-old son had reportedly become engaged just hours before her death.

Raquel Wilkins, 40, and her two-year-old son, Denzel Wilkins-Browning, were at a San Diego Padres game in San Diego on Saturday when they fell over the railing on the third story of the stadium.

A witness told Fox 5 that Ms Wilkins was jumping up on a bench with Denzel near the railing when she appeared to lose her balance.

Raquel Wilkins wearing a red dress holding her son Denzel wearing a checked red shirt and a hat.
Raquel Wilkins and her son Denzel tragically died on Saturday. Source: NBC San Diego

Social media tributes have flooded in for the mother, who had gotten engaged earlier that day to Denzel's father, Christopher Browning.

"This is just so sad. Rest in Peace, Mama and son," one user wrote on Facebook.

“What a nightmare for this family. May peace find the surviving family and RIP to the mom and daughter,” another user wrote on Twitter.

Police still investigating 

San Diego Police have not released many details from their investigation, saying they are continuing to interview witnesses. 

“The Police Department understands the interest in this tragic event and the questions that have arisen. How and why this happened are questions on the mind of many, especially the investigators looking for answers in this heartbreaking case,” SDPD said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Due to the large crowd present at the time of the incident, detectives have been interviewing numerous witnesses and more are coming forward. In order to complete a comprehensive investigation, we are gathering background information and analysing evidence.”

Two-year-old Denzel in a green onsie with a hood sitting in a chair.
Two-year-old Denzel was being held by his mother when they fell 20 metres over the railing. Source: Facebook

Unusual circumstances surrounding the incident

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria told Fox 5 it's a "horrifically tragic" incident, adding, "there are a lot of unusual circumstances around the case that we continue to investigate. It is suspicious."

The Wilkins' attorney told NBC 7 the family was planning on filing a wrongful death lawsuit, saying "People aren’t supposed to fall to their deaths from facilities like that."

A woman wearing sunglasses smiling at the camera at the beach with a dog.
Tributes have flooded social media for the 40-year-old. Source: Facebook

“If you are a paying customer and you’re on commercial premises, and you are serving alcohol to somebody, or you’ve sold them food, and you’ve put benches out there, the law is you’ve got a very heightened standard of care to go out there and protect them," Dan Gilleon told the network. 

"So that’s what we want to look at.”

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