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Mexican prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in the slaying of 25-year-old Shanquella Robinson, an American woman who was killed while vacationing in San Jose del Cabo.
Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, a local prosecutor in the state of Baja California Sur, told ABC that the suspect was a friend of Robinson’s and that the warrant was for femicide.
“This case has been cleared completely, we even have a court order, for harm to the victim and an arrest warrant issued against one of the alleged perpetrators, a friend of hers who is the direct attacker, for the crime of femicide. Actually it wasn’t a ‘fight.’ No, but direct aggression,’ he told the ABC.
“It’s about two Americans, the victim and the perpetrator,” the prosecutor added.
Robinson traveled to the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on October 28 with six friends. The next day, the girl was dead.
Bernard Robinson, the victim’s father, was initially told by friends that his daughter had died of alcohol poisoning, according to WSOC-TV, a television station in Robinson’s hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.
But a death certificate obtained by The Independent revealed he died of “severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation” and made no mention of alcohol poisoning.
On November 15, horrifying footage of the brutal beating of a naked Shankuela in a resort hotel room surfaced online.
In the roughly 20-second long clip, a female assailant approaches Shankula and pushes him to the ground, before brutally punching and kicking him. A prone Shankella slumped, defenseless, to the floor in response. Although her attacker is fully clothed, she is inexplicably naked. A man apparently filming the attack taunts Shankula while doing nothing to intervene. “At least fight, something,” he can be heard saying.
The FBI confirmed last week that it had opened an investigation into Robinson’s death.
Local prosecutor Mr Rosa Anaya told the ABC that authorities were “conducting all relevant processes such as Interpol alerts and requests for extradition to the United States.”
When the ABC was told that a warrant had been issued in the investigation into her daughter’s death, Robinson’s mother, Salamondra Robinson, responded: “That’s what we’ve been waiting for, for someone to finally be held accountable and arrested. I can’t wait to get justice.”
Additional reporting by Bevan Hurley.