Police have issued an arrest warrant for femicide in the wake of the death of Shanquella Robinson. The 25-year-old was on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with six of her so-called friends when she died on October 29. While her friends claimed she drank too much, it was discovered after Robinson’s death that a dislocated neck and severe spinal cord injury actually took her life, TIME reports.
- It has always been clear that Shanquella Robinson’s death was not accidental. Between a video of her friends beating a nude Robinson in a hotel room that was uploaded online to the inconsistent stories her travel companions gave Robinson’s family and authorities, it was clear something was very wrong. Now, it seems Mexican authorities agree.
- Robinson’s mother, Salamondra, is happy that justice seems to be on its way. “I feel so good, that’s a good feeling. That’s what we have been waiting for, for someone to finally be held accountable and arrested,” Salamondtra told ABC News after the warrant was issued. “I just can’t wait for justice to be served.
- The FBI is also investigating the case. The FBI Charlotte Field Office said it would work with Mexican prosecutors as they attempt to extradite the suspect back to the country. “The FBI Charlotte Field Office has opened an investigation in the death of Charlotte resident, Shanquella Robinson in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on or about October 29, 2022. Due to the ongoing investigation, we have no further comment,” an FBI spokesperson told The Charlotte Observer.
- Mexican authorities are charging the unnamed suspect with femicide. The crime is defined as the killing of a woman because of her gender. It’s unclear which of Robinson’s friends is being charged. However, Baja California Sur attorney general, Daniel de la Rosa, told local media last week: “There is already an arrest warrant issued for the crime of femicide. We are already carrying out all the relevant procedures, both the Interpol file and the extradition request.”
- Shanquella Robinson’s death was senseless and cruel. May those responsible for it be held responsible and punished for what they did to someone who was supposed to be a friend.