Arrest warrant issued for friend of North Carolina woman found dead while vacationing in Mexico



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Mexican prosecutors have obtained an arrest warrant for the friend of a North Carolina woman found dead last month while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas and on Thursday called the death a ‘direct attack “.

Shanquella Robinson, 25, was traveling with college friends from Winston-Salem State University when she was found dead in a vacation rental, her father, Bernard Robinson, said.

Robinson, along with six friends, arrived in Mexico Oct. 28, according to a statement Thursday from Mexican prosecutors working on extradition proceedings with their country’s attorney general and foreign ministry.

Evidence shows the death resulted from “a direct attack, not an accident”, and involved one of the victim’s female friends, prosecutors said.

Mexican authorities did not name the suspect but confirmed she was a US citizen believed to be in the United States. No one has been charged in the case and authorities have not released the names of Robinson’s friends.

CNN has contacted the US State Department, FBI and US Department of Justice for comment.

The extradition process was underway for the suspect, Attorney General of Mexico’s Baja California, Daniel de la Rosa, told local media on Wednesday.

“There is already an arrest warrant issued for the crime of femicide to the detriment of the victim and against an alleged perpetrator of these acts, a friend of his,” de la Rosa said Wednesday.

The death did not result from a “quarrel” but from “a direct assault that this person made,” de la Rosa said.

“We are already carrying out all the relevant procedures, both the Interpol file and the extradition request,” he said.

Robinson last spoke to his mother, Salamondra, on the phone on the morning of October 28, his father told CNN last week. The next day, Shanquella Robinson was found dead in her vacation rental, US and Mexican authorities said.

The cause of death was “serious spinal cord injury and atlas dislocation”, which is instability or excessive movement of the upper vertebrae in the neck, says a copy of his death certificate obtained by the affiliate. CNNWBTV. She was found unconscious in the living room of the rental residence on October 29, the document states.

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 Robinson and another person. It is unclear when the video was taken or if it depicts the moment she suffered the fatal injury.

This is Robinson seen in the video being thrown to the ground and punched in the head, Bernard Robinson confirmed to CNN.

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 field office in Charlotte has opened an investigation into the death of Shanquella Robinson, it confirmed on Friday.

His family was waiting for more information from friends and Mexican authorities, his father said a week ago.

“You took my only piece of jewelry,” he told CNN 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.


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