Callum Robinson, former professional lacrosse player, found dead in Mexico

Callum Robinson, a star lacrosse player for Stevenson University and in the Premier Lacrosse League, was found dead along with two others in Mexico, authorities said.

Robinson, born in Australia; his brother Jake and their friend Jack Carter Rhoad went missing last weekend during a camping and surfing trip on the Mexican coast of Baja California. They didn’t show up at their planned accommodation this weekend.

Three bodies were recovered Friday during a search for the men, Mexican authorities said.

Prosecutors announced that three people questioned in the missing men case had been arrested and charged.

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“Three bodies were found south of the city of Ensenada, and they were recovered in cooperation with other authorities during a specialized operation because they were found in a difficult-to-reach area,” the agency said in a statement.

The site where the bodies were discovered near the municipality of Santo Tomás was close to the remote coastal area where the missing men’s tents and truck were found on a remote stretch of coast on Thursday.

Callum and Jake Robinson’s parents, Martin and Debra Robinson, told an Australian TV station they were heading to Mexico. The TV station reported that Jake had traveled from Australia to Callum for the ‘trip of a lifetime’, which also included attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California before heading to Mexico for some surfing. Callum’s 33rd birthday was Wednesday.

“Callum and Jake are wonderful people. We love them so much and this breaks our hearts,” the Robinsons said.

Callum Robinson graduated from Stevenson in 2015 after playing four years on defense.

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Born in Perth, Western Australia, Robinson graduated from Sacred Heart College in Perth in 2008 and won an engineering scholarship, according to Stevenson University’s athletics department.

Callum Robinson, an alumnus of Stevenson University in Baltimore County, was one of three people killed Friday near the township of Santo Tomás, Mexico.
Callum Robinson, an alumnus of Stevenson University in Baltimore County, was one of three people killed Friday near the township of Santo Tomás, Mexico. (Stevenson University)

Robinson played club lacrosse in Australia and was recruited to join Stevenson’s team in 2012. In his first season playing for Stevenson, Callum helped the Mustangs team win the Division III national title. He led the team with 35 goals, scoring three goals and two assists from his defensive position.

In his senior season in 2015, Robinson was the Middle Atlantic Conference Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year, including being named to the conference’s all-conference team. He led the conference and caused turnovers.

Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene described Robinson as “big, fast, stiff and just plain good” on the field and a loyal friend off the field.

Robinson returned to Stevenson last fall to be inducted into a hall of fame along with his 2013 national championship-winning teammates.

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“Callum was proud of his teammates, his university and his time as a Stevenson Mustang, and of course we were proud of him,” Stevenson athletic director Brett Adams said in a statement.

“Callum was a very talented individual – smart, athletic and motivated to succeed in all his endeavors,” Ellen Roskes, dean of Stevenson’s Fine School of the Sciences, said in a statement. “He was also a very caring, compassionate person. When he graduated, Callum gave me a boomerang, which has hung in my office in Stevenson ever since.”

After Stevenson, Robinson was drafted by the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse, now known as the Premier Lacrosse League, with the 27th overall pick.

In his professional lacrosse career, Robinson played for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Atlanta Blaze and the Atlanta Lacrosse Club. He also coached at PLL Play, the youth division of the lacrosse league.

“Callum brought an incredible spirit and big heart to the game – energizing teammates and opponents, the crowd and every member of our company,” Paul and Mike Rabil, co-founders of the Premier Lacrosse League, said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Pamela Wood covers Maryland politics and government. She previously reported for The Baltimore Sun, The Capital and other Maryland newspapers. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and lives in northern Anne Arundel County.