Mexico investigates death of American woman as femicide, FBI opens investigation

Mexico investigates death of American woman as femicide, FBI opens investigation
Mexico investigates death of American woman as femicide, FBI opens investigation

The FBI has opened an investigation into the recent death of an American vacationing in Mexico, which is also being investigated by Mexican authorities as a femicide.

Shanquella Robinson, 25, of Charlotte, North Carolina, traveled to San Jose del Cabo, a resort town on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, with six friends on October 28. They stayed in a rental villa at Fundadores, an exclusive gated community with vacation homes and a private beach club, Robinson’s parents told Charlotte ABC affiliate WSOC-TV in a recent interview.

The next day, Robinson’s parents received a frantic phone call from their daughter’s friends saying she had died.

“They said she wasn’t feeling well, it was alcohol poisoning,” Robinson’s mother, Sallamondra Robinson, told WSOC-TV.

Robinson’s Mexican Health Secretariat autopsy report and death certificate, obtained by ABC News, lists his cause of death as “serious spinal cord injury and atlas dislocation” with no mention of a ‘alcohol. The document also says the approximate time between injury and death was 15 minutes, while a box asking if the death was “accidental or violent” was ticked “yes”.

According to the document, dated November 4, Robinson was found unconscious in the living room of a residence on Padre Kino Avenue in San Jose del Cabo on the afternoon of October 29.

In recent days, a video – unverified by ABC News – has surfaced online allegedly showing a woman attacking Robinson. Speaking to WSOC-TV, Robinson’s mother identified the people in the footage as the friends who accompanied her daughter to Mexico and said she believed it was taken on the trip. In the video, someone can be heard asking if Robinson “could at least hit back.” It is unclear when and where the video was taken.

“It was never a fight. She didn’t fight. They attacked her,” Sallamondra Robinson told WSOC-TV. “She didn’t deserve to be treated like this.”

Shanquella Robinson

Courtesy of Quilla Long

The Baja California Sur state attorney general’s office publicly confirmed the autopsy results in a statement Thursday and said “an investigation has been opened for femicide,” which is a form of gender-based violence. .

The office said it received a call on Oct. 29 at around 6:15 p.m. local time from a “member of public safety” who reported the death of a foreign woman in a bedroom of a house in the Fundadores Beach neighborhood. Club in San Jose del Cabo. Investigators have been dispatched to the scene and are still collecting “more evidence to arrive at the precise elucidation of the events, without ruling out any hypothesis”, according to the office.

When asked to comment, Fundadores Beach Club general manager Karla Ponce told ABC News in an email Thursday that “the group of vacationers connected to the case have never visited the facilities of this beach club during their stay” and that the club “has nothing to do with Villa Management/Operation nor Development Operation.”

“We deeply regret this unfortunate situation and hope it leads to the proper closing,” Ponce added.

Shelley Lynch, spokeswoman for the FBI’s field office in Charlotte, North Carolina, told ABC News in an email Friday that the agency has opened an investigation into Robinson’s death but would not comment further. , citing the ongoing investigation.

The US Embassy in Mexico City told ABC News in an email on Wednesday that its staff “are aware of Shanquella Robinson’s death and are providing consular services to her family.”

As the mystery deepens and questions remain, Robinson’s parents have described their late daughter as a hardworking business owner who had a “big heart”.

“It’s like a nightmare. I can’t even sleep,” Robinson’s father, Bernard Robinson, told WSOC-TV. “I just want some truth because it doesn’t sit well.”

ABC News’ Will Gretsky contributed to this report.

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