Arrest warrant issued for friend of a North Carolina woman found dead while on vacation 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 calling the death the result of “a direct assault.”

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

Robinson, along with six friends, arrived in Mexico on October 28, according to a statement Thursday by Mexican prosecutors working on extradition proceedings with their country’s attorney general and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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 have not named the suspect but confirmed he is a U.S. 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 reached out to the US State Department, the FBI and the US Department of Justice for comment.

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

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

The death did not result from an “argument” but from “a direct aggression by this person,” de la Rosa said.

“We have already done 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 Oct. 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 “severe spinal cord injury with atlas luxation,” which is instability or excessive movement of vertebrae in the upper neck, stated a copy of his death certificate obtained by CNN affiliate WBTV. He was found unconscious in the living room of the rental residence on Oct. 29, the document states.

The death certificate classified Robinson’s death as “accidental or violent,” noting the approximate time between the accident and death was 15 minutes.

Video posted online appears to show a physical altercation inside a bedroom between Robinson and another person. It is unclear when the video was taken or if it depicts the moment he suffered the fatal injury.

Robinson is seen in the video being thrown to the ground and beaten on 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 unclear whether anyone tried to intervene.

The FBI Charlotte Field Office has opened an investigation into Shanquella Robinson’s death, it confirmed Friday.

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

“You took my only jewel from me,” he told CNN by phone. “You put a big hole in my heart. The only thing I can do is fight for him; I can’t let him die in vain.”

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