This week, the FBI and Mexican prosecutors each started their own investigations into the mysterious death of a woman from North Carolina. She went on vacation with friends to Mexico at the end of last month and came back home in a body bag.
Shanquella Robinson, a 25-year-old from Charlotte, went to the Mexican resort city of San Jose del Cabo on Oct. 28 with six friends to celebrate one of their birthdays. She was found dead less than 24 hours later.
After three weeks, Robinson’s family just wants to know what’s going on. So far, they feel like the police and her friends have only given them the runaround and different stories about what happened to her.
“They said that she was sick. Robinson’s mother, Sallamondra, told WSOC-TV last week about a worried phone call she got from one of her daughter’s friends: “She had alcohol poisoning.” “They didn’t have a heartbeat. Everyone else who was there with her had a different story to tell.”
Sallamondra’s life never made sense. She had just finished talking to her daughter on Friday night before her daughter went to dinner with the group. She was dead after a few hours.
Sallamondra told ABC News, “She said, ‘Well, mother, I’m getting ready to eat.'” “I said, ‘Well, OK. Have some fun. Have a good time. And I love you, and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.'”
The family didn’t find out that Robinson had a broken neck and a cracked spine until Sallamondra got an autopsy report from the Mexican Secretariat of Health. The report didn’t say anything about alcohol.
Queens City News got a copy of Robinson’s death certificate, which said that she died from a “Severe Spinal Cord Injury and Atlas Luxation.” This means that her first vertebra was separated from the base of her skull. The report said that the time between getting hurt and dying was about 15 minutes. On the certificate, it also said that a maid found Robinson unconscious in the living room of a villa.
Sallamondra told the Outlet, “I probably won’t feel safe until someone is caught.”
The group stayed in a villa that was listed on the website cabovillas.com. WJZY was told by a company representative that the group had called for help from the hotel’s concierge, who sent a doctor to give Robinson CPR. At 3 p.m. that day, it was said that she was dead.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, a spokesperson said, “We are working hard to find out the facts about this incident, which is being looked into as a single criminal case involving guests at a private villa in Los Cabos.” “Once the investigation is done, local public safety officials will give out more information.”
Robinson did not come back with the rest of the group from the trip. Robinson’s body was returned to his family after two weeks and $6,000 in transportation costs.
A blogger in North Carolina named Gerald Jackson posted video footage on Tuesday that he says shows a Woman Attacking Robinson. Robinson’s mother recognizes the other people in the video as the people who went on the trip with Robinson. She thinks the video was taken on the trip to Cabo.
Jackson told the Daily Beast that the video was sent to him by “Someone who was in the room and sent it to a friend’s family member.”
In the video, it looks like a woman is punching Robinson while Robinson is trying to get her balance. “At Least Fight Back,” a voice from off-screen tells Robinson.
“How could they treat my baby like this?” Robinson’s father, Bernard, told Jackson’s website, the North Carolina Beat, what happened. “They should all be in jail in Mexico right now, and they shouldn’t have been set free.”
Quilla Long, Robinson’s sister, said she “Fell to Her Knees” when she first heard about her sister. She said that the video of the attack was “Heartbreaking.”
To date, no arrests have been made. The North Carolina Attorney General’s office told Yahoo News that it has nothing to do with the case.
Robinson’s funeral will be held in Charlotte on November 19. Long set up a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for legal fees and funeral costs.
Bernard says that what happened to his daughter was a “Nightmare,” and he promises to find out what happened.
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“I can’t even sleep. I am just frustrated. As a dad, my heart just hurts. He told WSOC-TV that it was a man praying. “Just tell me the truth, because this doesn’t make sense.”
“By the grace of God, I think I’ll find out what’s going on. God ain’t going to fail. He said, “It’s going to get out.” “I’m not giving up. I am very sure that I will have peace of mind.”