A North Carolina woman who died in Mexico while vacationing with friends is reportedly being investigated as a criminal matter — despite authorities saying she died from alcohol poisoning.
According to WBTV, Shanquella Robinson’s parents said Mexican authorities and her friends claimed her death was alcohol-related. However, a death certificate lists her death as a severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation — suggesting her first vertebra became unattached from her skull.
This what friends are these days. I obtained a video of Shanquella Robinson fighting before her death in Cabo. I believe she was murdered by the party she was with. pic.twitter.com/iGikY2hJ4k
— INSTA: @gossipofthecitytea (@GOTCITYTEA) November 15, 2022
The parents — who contacted the FBI — told WBTV that a video that showed Robinson, 25, being attacked in a hotel room has surfaced online. Officials have not confirmed the veracity of the video, including when and where it was taken.
North Carolina blogger Gerald Jackson told the Daily Beast that he received the footage allegedly showing Robinson from “someone who was in the [hotel] room that sent it to an individual family member they are friends with.”
During the video, someone is heard telling “Quella” to “at least fight back.”
Robinson went to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, with a group of six friends on October 28. The following day, one of the friends called Robinson’s mother and said a doctor is coming to the villa they were staying at.
Per WJZY, the death certificate stated that Robinson was “found unconscious in her living room” and died 15 minutes after she was injured.
A spokesperson for Cabovillas.com, which owns the property where Robinson was staying, told Rolling Stone that the incident is being investigated as a crime.
“We are working diligently to determine the facts surrounding this incident, which is currently being investigated as an isolated criminal matter that happened involving guests at a private villa located in Los Cabos. Additional information will be made available by local public safety authorities when the investigation is complete,” the spokesperson said.
According to reports, Robinson’s body arrived in the U.S. last Thursday. The family said they are considering hiring a private investigator. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department told WJZY that Mexican authorities said they have not found clear evidence of Robinson being murdered.
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[Featured image: Shanquella Robinson/Instagram]