CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — The FBI Charlotte Field Office confirms to Queen City News it has opened up an investigation into the death of Charlotte resident, Shanquella Robinson.
Robinson died on or about Oct. 29, 2022, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the FBI said.
MYSTERY IN MEXICO: Continuing coverage by QCN
A police officer investigating the case in Mexico told QCN on Thursday that Robinson’s friends told authorities ‘she had alcohol poisoning’ before her untimely death.
It’s the same story her family said they told them.
“They said she wasn’t feeling well. She had alcohol poisoning,” Sallamondra Robinson told Queen City News earlier this month.
It wasn’t until her autopsy that Mexican police discovered she had a severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation, which is instability in the uppermost vertebrae.
Police also didn’t see a now-viral video showing Robinson getting violently assaulted until Wednesday this week.
For that reason, their investigation is still open in Mexico, and they’re looking into her death.
“There’s a huge financial incentive to keep Cabo open and to keep people feeling safe,” said Kurt Kerns, an international attorney with experience litigating international crimes and investigations. “So, to the extent they can find, prosecute and incarcerate the people that did this, in my opinion, they’re going to try to do it.”
The police officer investigating the case told Queen City News on Thursday if they find evidence that leads to an arrest, they have the authority to bring the group back to Mexico, and “they will have to answer to Mexican Law.”
“Upon invitation, the FBI can come in and assist,” Kerns said. “Upon invitation, the State Department can get more and more involved, but it’s only upon invitation.”
The police officer told QCN they were in contact with the FBI and consulate and urged anyone with information about this case to contact the local FBI office.
“Due to the ongoing investigation, we have no further comment,” the FBI Charlotte Field Office stated on Friday.
A GoFundMe account set up by Robinson’s sister has already reached over $300,000 and includes generous donations including one from NBA star and former Duke basketball player Kyrie Irving. Hundreds of attendees lined up ahead of Robinson’s funeral services on Saturday. Irving has made donations like this in the past, including buying a new home for George Floyd’s family.
Statement sent to Queen City News from State Attorney General’s Office in Mexico:
The State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) of Baja California Sur carries out the field and cabinet proceedings to clarify the facts in which a female person of foreign origin lost her life, on October 29, in a beach club in San José del Cabo.
It is reported that last Saturday, October 29,at approximately 6:15 p.m., he received a call from a Public Security element who reported that, in a house in the Fundadores Beach Club subdivision, in San José del Cabo, there was a woman without life.
State Criminal Investigation Agents moved to the scene, where the first investigations were carried out under the corresponding protocols.
Experts from the Directorate of Expert Services, carried out the processing of the place, looking for clues that will be attached to the investigation folder.
The PGJE maintains the lines of investigation to collect more evidence to achieve the accurate clarification of the facts, without ruling out any hypothesis.PGJE