Mexico is investigating the death of an American woman as femicide, the FBI is launching an investigation

The FBI has opened an investigation into the recent death of an American woman vacationing in Mexico, which is also being investigated by Mexican authorities as a femicide.

Shanquella Robinson, 25, of Charlotte, North Carolina, traveled with six friends to San Jose del Cabo, a resort town on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, on Oct. 28. They resided in an exclusive rental villa in Fundadores gated community with vacation homes and a private beach club, Robinson’s parents said in a recent interview with Charlotte ABC, a WSOC-TV affiliate.

The next day, Robinson’s parents received a frantic call from their daughter’s friends, telling them she had died.

“They said she wasn’t feeling well, it was alcohol poisoning,” Robinson’s mother, Sallamondra Robinson, told WSOC-TV.

The Mexico Department of Health’s autopsy report and death certificate for Robinson, obtained by ABC News, lists her cause of death as “severe spinal cord injury and atlas dislocation” with no mention of alcohol. The document also says the approximate time between injury and death was 15 minutes, while a box asking if the death was “accidental or violent” was ticked “yes.”

According to the document, which is dated November 4, on the afternoon of October 29, Robinson was found unconscious in the living room of a residence on Padre Kino Avenue in San Jose del Cabo.

A video, unverified by ABC News, has surfaced online in recent days, allegedly showing a woman attacking Robinson. Speaking to WSOC-TV, Robinson’s mother identified the people in the footage as the friends who accompanied her daughter to Mexico and said she believes it was taken during the trip. In the video, someone can be heard asking if Robinson “could at least hit back.” It is unclear when and where the video was taken.

“It was never a fight. She didn’t fight. They attacked her,” Sallamondra Robinson told WSOC-TV. “She didn’t deserve to be treated like that.”

PHOTO: Shanquella Robinson

Shanquella Robinson

Courtesy of Quilla Long

The Baja California Sur attorney general’s office on Thursday publicly confirmed the autopsy findings in a statement and announced that “an investigation has been opened into femicide,” a form of gender-based violence.

The bureau said it received a call around 6:15 p.m. local time on Oct. 29 from a “public security member” reporting the death of a foreign woman in a room of a home in the Fundadores Beach Club area in San Jose del have Cabo. Investigators have been dispatched to the scene of the crime and are still “collecting further evidence in order to provide an accurate explanation of the events, without ruling out any hypothesis,” the agency said.

When asked for comment, Fundadores Beach Club executive director Karla Ponce told ABC News in an email on Thursday that “the group of vacationers linked to the case used these beach club facilities during their stay never attended” and that the club “has nothing to do with it”. the Villas management/operation nor the development organisation.”

“We deeply regret this unfortunate situation and have faith that a proper conclusion will be reached,” added Ponce.

Shelley Lynch, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Charlotte, North Carolina field office, told ABC News in an email Friday that the agency had opened an investigation into Robinson’s death but would not comment further, citing the ongoing investigation .

The US Embassy in Mexico City told ABC News in an email Wednesday that its staff “are aware of the death of Shanquella Robinson and are providing consular services to her family.”

As the mystery deepens and questions remain, Robinson’s parents describe their late daughter as a hardworking business owner with a “big heart.”

“It’s like a nightmare. I can’t even sleep,” Robinson’s father, Bernard Robinson, told WSOC-TV. “I just want some truth because that doesn’t quite add up.”

ABC News’ Will Gretsky contributed to this report.


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