FBI investigating death of North Carolina woman found unconscious while vacationing in Mexico


The family of a North Carolina woman found dead last month in a vacation rental in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, is still seeking answers more than two weeks after her death.

Shanquella Robinson, 25, traveled to Mexico on vacation with her friends from Winston-Salem State University, her father Bernard Robinson told CNN on Thursday.

According to the elder Robinson, his daughter last spoke to her mother, Salamondra, on the phone on the morning of Friday, October 28. Shanquella Robinson was found dead in her vacation rental the next day, US and Mexican authorities said.

A copy of his death certificate, obtained by CNN affiliate WBTV, lists the cause of death as “severe spinal cord injury and atlas dislocation”, which is instability or excessive movement of the vertebrae. upper neck. The document indicates that she was found unconscious in the living room of the rental residence on October 29.

The death certificate classified Robinson’s death as “accidental or violent”, noting that the approximate time between injury and death was 15 minutes.

Video posted online appears to show a physical altercation inside a room between Shanquella Robinson and another person. It is unclear when the video was taken or if the video shows when she suffered the fatal injury.

Bernard Robinson confirmed to CNN that it was his daughter seen in the video who was thrown to the ground and hit in the head.

It’s unclear what led to the altercation or how many people were in the room at the time. It is also not known if anyone tried to intervene.

The FBI’s Charlotte Field Office confirmed to CNN in an email on Friday that it had opened an investigation into Robinson’s death. No charges have been announced and authorities have not released the names of Robinson’s friends.

Bernard Robinson said Thursday that his family was awaiting further information from his daughter’s friends and from Mexican authorities.

“You took my only piece of jewelry,” he told CNN on Thursday by phone. “You made a big hole in my heart. The only thing I can do is fight for her. I can’t let her die in vain.

In a statement obtained by CNN, the Baja California Sur State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) said an investigation into Robinson’s death is ongoing, although the statement did not refer to his name.


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