Mystery Death of American on Cabo Vacay Is Being Treated as a Homicide
After 25-year-old Shanquilla Robinson died while vacationing in Mexico last month, the friends who were with her blamed it on alcohol poisoning. But Mexican authorities told The Daily Beast on Thursday that the North Carolina hairdresser’s death is now being investigated as a homicide. The development also contradicts a previous statement by the U.S State Department that said the available evidence did not necessarily show proof that Robinson was murdered.
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.
Shanquella Robinson's Brutal Murder In Mexico Is Being Investigated By The FBI
This morning, Ya Girl Ming posted on Twitter, “also, thanks to social media, the case of Shanquella Robinson has been escalated to FBI investigation.” What was supposed to be a fun vacation in Mexico quickly turned into a nightmare. In October, Shanquella Robinson was brutally beaten by her travel companions, which resulted in her death. These events were captured on camera. Robinson was only 25. The case continues to inspire horror, and disgust, calling for those responsible to face justice. Now it may finally be on the way.
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?"
Shanquella Robinson died in Mexico under mysterious circumstances. Now the FBI is investigating
Shanquella Robinson died in Mexico under mysterious circumstances. Now the FBI is investigatingShanquella Robsinon, a 25-year-old woman from Charlotte, traveled to the resort city of San Jose del Cabo, Mexico on Oct. 28 with six friends to celebrate one of their birthdays, but less than 24 hours later she was found dead.
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.
Arrest warrant issued for the death of Shanquella Robinson
“I would like to see each one of them sent back to Mexico,” Robinson’s mother said of the victim’s friends.Yesterday (Nov. 23), an arrest warrant was issued for the suspect of the violent crime. According to ABC News, the person of interest was not named in the document; however, a local prosecutor for the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, revealed the suspect was a friend of Robinson. “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,” the prosecutor noted. On Nov.
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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