MEXICO: After Mexican officials accused an American lady of killing another American woman who was shown being battered while they were on vacation in a viral video, the US is considering asking Mexico for her extradition.
The suspect in the death of Shanquella Robinson, a tourist from North Carolina who reportedly passed away on October 29 from a severe spinal cord or neck injury, has not been identified by prosecutors in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.
After a viral video of Robinson’s beating by what appeared to be an American woman went viral, speculation about her death spread quickly on social media.
Robinson’s family was informed that she died from alcohol poisoning by friends she had traveled to San Jose del Cabo with.
Robinson’s death was attributed to “severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation,” according to a copy of her death certificate that Charlotte television station WBTV received.
According to state authorities, the victim’s female acquaintance was involved in the death, and the evidence indicated it was the product of “a direct attack, not an accident“. To extradite an unnamed female suspect to face charges in Mexico, they claimed to have spoken to federal prosecutors and ambassadors in Mexico.
However, in mid-November, a video of Robinson being assaulted went online, raising concerns that Robinson might have perished at the hands of those she had traveled with.
Robinson is seen being knocked to the ground and hit in the head on the footage. “Can you at least fight back?”, a man with an American accent can be heard saying in the video. The man didn’t seem to step in to stop the pounding.
After Robinson’s death, the party she was traveling with departed Mexico.
According to the local prosecutor Antonio López Rodrguez, the incident is being investigated as a possible homicide, and an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect.