Friends Said Woman's Death on Mexico Getaway Was Caused by Alcohol — But Authorities Suspect Homicide
The FBI has opened an investigation into the death of Shanquella RobinsonAfter the parents of Shanquella Robinson discovered their daughter had died while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, late last month, the friends she was with allegedly told the shocked family that the 25-year-old had died of alcohol poisoning, the parents have said.
The Baja California state attorney general's office in Mexico is investigating the murder of Shanquella Robinson, a 25-year-old woman from Charlotte, North Carolina, who mysteriously died while on vacation in Mexico, as a "femicide," a form of gender-based violence.
Robinson traveled to Mexico with six university friends—four women and two men—on October 28, according to what her father Bernard Robinson told the New York Times.
One day later, she was found unconscious in the living room of a house in San José del Cabo, a resort city on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, where she died.
Arrest Warrant Issued for Femicide in U.S. Woman’s Mexico Vacation Death
An arrest warrant has been issued in connection with the death of a North Carolina woman who died while on vacation in Mexico, according to a report. Shanquella Robinson, 25, traveled to Cabo with six others on Oct. 28 and was dead the following day. Her loved ones are demanding answers after her friends, her death certificate, and a local police report have all given conflicting explanations as to how Robinson died. Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, aShanquella Robinson, 25, traveled to Cabo with six others on Oct. 28 and was dead the following day. Her loved ones are demanding answers after her friends, her death certificate, and a local police report have all given conflicting explanations as to how Robinson died.
What her parents initially learned is that Robinson died of alcohol poisoning after a night of heavy drinking. According to what Bernard Robinson told the New York Times, this is what some of the friends who were traveling with his daughter told him.
But an autopsy released on November 10 revealed that Robinson died of "severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation," a condition where unstable or excessive movement is present in the first two vertebrae of the neck, some 15 minutes after being injured.
Five days later, a video appeared online of the 25-year-old woman being beaten up by friends in a resort hotel room. In the roughly 20-second long clip, a woman who Bernard Robinson identified as his daughter is repeatedly punched in the head and kicked by a woman, while a man standing nearby can be heard saying: "Quella, can you at least fight back?"
Arrest Warrant Issued for Friend of North Carolina Woman Who Died in Mexico. Here's What We Know
Mexican authorities have not publicly named the American woman they are seeking to extradite , but have confirmed it is one of her friends. The FBI is also involved in the ongoing investigation. “I feel so good, that’s a good feeling. That’s what we have been waiting for, for someone to finally be held accountable and arrested,” Salamondra Robinson, Robinson’s mother, told ABC News when she found out an arrest warrant had been issued. “I just can’t wait for justice to be served.”A viral video of a woman, who appears to be Robinson, being beaten helped Robinson’s case garner national attention.
In the days that followed the appearance of the video online, the clip went viral, as the hashtag #justiceforquella began to trend on social media. Talking to TMZ, Bernard Robinson said he thought the attack against his daughter was premeditated.
A packed church today for the funeral service of #ShanquellaRobinson.
The message: continue to push for justice. pic.twitter.com/GKgZXAqJA3
— Brandon Hamilton (@BHAMonTV) November 19, 2022
This week, the mysterious circumstances surrounding Robinson's death got even more baffling as Mexican police shared a new report contradicting the initial autopsy.
On Tuesday night, Mexican authorities revealed that Robinson may have been alive for several hours and received care from a doctor before authorities arrived and pronounced her dead at the scene. The doctor told authorities that Robinson's friends had insisted the woman should be taken care of in the house instead of being taken to the hospital.
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Authorities haven't yet explained the differences between the autopsy and their latest report.
Meanwhile, investigations have been moving forward. An arrest warrant was issued on Wednesday, according to a local prosecutor mentioned by ABC News.
"This case is fully clarified, we even have a court order, there is an arrest warrant issued for the crime of femicide to the detriment of the victim and against an alleged perpetrator, a friend of her who is the direct aggressor," Daniel de la Rosa Anaya told ABC News.
"Actually it wasn't a quarrel, but instead a direct aggression. We are carrying out all the pertinent procedures such as the Interpol alert and the request for extradition to the United States of America. It's about two Americans, the victim and the culprit."
Authorities are treating the case as a "femicide," a gender-based murder that in Mexico is punishable with a sentence of between 45 and 65 years in prison. Mexican lawmakers voted to raise the sentence for femicide by five years in 2020 in light of the high rates of violence against women in the country.
The FBI is also involved in the investigation.
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Shanquella Robinson's Mysterious Death In Cabo Under Investigation As 'Isolated Criminal Matter' .
Shanquella Robinson's Mysterious Death In Cabo Under Investigation As 'Isolated Criminal Matter'A spokesperson for Cabovillas.com shared an update on the case Thursday, more than two weeks after Robinson embarked on a trip to Mexico with friends to celebrate a birthday.