Elliot Blair danced the night away with joy a few hours before find it upside down died on a Mexican vacation.
A video obtained by the Post shows Blair and his wife, Kimberley Williams, having fun and dancing to a live band at Splash Baja restaurant and bar in Rosarito Beach around 8:30 p.m. on the 13th of January.
They were celebrating their first wedding anniversary before the fateful trip.
Case Barnett, who represents Blair’s family, told the Post that the couple had only been in Rosarito for three days and often visited the hotel and nearby shops and restaurants.
The couple, who both work at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office, were sure to find their favorite room at the Las Rocas Resort and Spa – Room 308 – which was on the second floor of the hotel. great.
After dinner, dancing and karaoke on Friday, the couple returned to the room at around 11:45 p.m. William went straight to bed and Blair took a quick shower, according to the family.
About two hours later, William woke up to the sound of the hotel staff directing him to his wife’s body, which ended up on the ground floor near a sidewalk.
“When he went down to the body, he was face down on the ground,” Barnett said. “He shouted, ‘Call the police!’ Call the hospital! He needs an ambulance!’ The workers said they were already there, but left because he was dead.
The family said Mexican police who responded to the scene after 1:45 a.m. initially told Williams that her husband had been wounded in the head but later found a bullet hole.
Barnett said a liaison with the coroner’s office contacted the family in Jan. 16 and told them the cause of death was a “headache” but nothing about a gunshot wound. The family has yet to see the coroner’s report or see Blair’s body, which remains at the Rosarito mortuary.
The attorney general of Baja California details the events of Blair falling to his death when he went out to chase pigeons outside his hotel room. Officials said Williams told investigators Blair hated noisy birds, a claim the family has denied.
Barnett said Williams told the police the birds would be sleeping near their room and Elliot joked about the birds, but it got lost in translation.
“I don’t know if the Mexican police misinterpreted what Kim said or if they reused it,” Barnett said. “There’s just confusion everywhere. He 100% clearly did not say that he scared those birds. It makes absolutely no sense.”
A man who met the couple at Splash Baja told the Post he struck up a conversation with Blair after she ordered an Old Fashioned cocktail at the bar.
“He started telling me how he made the Old Fashioned and that’s how the conversation started,” said the restaurant owner, who wished to remain anonymous. “Elliot said it was his favorite drink. Then I began to tell him how I made my drink. The bartender then asked Elliot if he wanted one too, and he said, ‘No, I’ve had beer and I’ve had Tequila before. I don’t want to mix it up.’ That was fine with him. He wasn’t there just to drink.”
Blair’s family has insisted that she and her husband were not drunk that night, and that they were not heavy drinkers. The man said he saw the couple each having a beer and did not appear to be drunk.
Blair’s mother, Stella, was expected to take her son’s body so an independent toxicology test could be completed, but she was told Wednesday that the body had already been recovered. . Authorities reportedly told the family that the body must be exhumed before being allowed to return across the border.
Williams is distraught because so many questions continue to arise about her husband’s death, Barnett told the Post.
The video of Blair and Williams laughing and dancing to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove” at the Splash bar has become a bittersweet reminder of the couple’s birthday celebration.
“They first screamed when Elliot’s mother told them that his body had been recovered,” Barnett said. “It was terrible and nothing like I had ever heard before. There was so much confusion and all they wanted was to find their own toxicology. I have never heard so much pain and screaming. It’s like Elliot is dead again.
“They were really hoping they could clear it and find out he wasn’t drunk. He’s not that type of person. And to have no way of knowing at this point to clear his name is just damaging. .”