A mother demands answers after her daughter’s mysterious death while vacationing in Mexico.
Shanquella Robinson, 25, of Charlotte, North Carolina, had traveled to Puerto Los Cabos in late October. A day after arriving in paradise, the Winston-Salem State University student was killed, according to Mexican authorities.
Shanquella’s mother, Sallamondra Robinson, said The Independent Thursday that her daughter had left the United States on October 28 with a group of six people, whom she believed to be her friends. On October 29, the Robinsons were first informed by these people that Shanquella had “alcohol poisoning”.
Ms Robinson said she later spoke with a woman, who told her Shanquella had died. Ms Robinson continued to communicate with the woman, she claims, until she received an autopsy report which revealed that Shanquella had suffered a broken neck and a serious spinal cord injury before she died.
‘I couldn’t really face them, because they were gone,’ Ms Robinson said The Independent Thursday. “I spoke to the police. I did not speak to the others [again] because I no longer saw them. They came [to our home] before the autopsy. “
Mexican authorities said in a statement that they are currently investigating Shanquella’s death as femicide, a term used by local police to describe the homicide of a woman because of her gender.
The traveling party was allowed to return to the United States after Shanquella’s death. Last month, a video circulating online appeared to show Shanquella being beaten by one of the women in the group at the luxury rental property where they were staying.
Five days after Shanquella’s funeral on November 19, prosecutors said her death was the result of a “direct attack” and not an accident.
A local doctor was with Shanquella for three hours before she was pronounced dead, according to The Charlotte Observer. She was initially found to be “dehydrated” but stable.
A police report says the medical professional who responded to the scene advised that Shanquella be transferred to a hospital, but those in the room insisted that she be treated there.
Mexican police have since issued an arrest warrant for one of the women on the trip.
When contacted by The independent, tThe FBI said an investigation is underway but did not confirm whether any arrests or extraditions have been made at this time.
“I’m just trying to wait for someone to be arrested. The FBI is not saying anything,” Ms Robinson said. The Independent.
She said she didn’t believe her daughter had any issues with the people she was traveling with, but “they may have had a fight when they” arrived in Mexico.
Shanquella’s father, Bernard Robinson, said The Washington Post that he called the facility’s management to locate his daughter’s body on October 30.
He said a rental employee was the first person to provide information about the real circumstances surrounding Shanquella’s death.
“She is an angel. She was the one who told us the truth first,” Mr Robinson told the Job. “She said, ‘Mr Robinson, your daughter didn’t die of alcohol poisoning. She died of a broken neck.
Ms Robinson said her daughter was an entrepreneur and had two businesses – Exquisite Babies and Exquisite Boutique – where she braided children’s hair and sold clothes.
“She was a good person, she loved people, she loved life,” Ms Robinson said. “You know, she had more difficult goals. She didn’t bother anyone.
The family have set up a GoFundMe page for legal fees and other critical expenses as they continue to demand answers about what happened to Shanquella.
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