Many questions remain after Charlotte woman dies at Mexican resort – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte family is demanding answers after their daughter, Shanquella Robinson, died in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, late last month.

“It’s like a nightmare. I can’t even sleep. I’m just frustrated. My heart hurts like a father. A man who prays,” said Bernard Robinson, father of Shanquella Robinson. “I just want a little truth because it doesn’t sit well.”

He said Shanquella Robinson went to Cabo with six friends on October 28. They stayed at Villa Linda 32, a rental offered by On October 29, Shanquella Robinson died. According to Bernard Robinson, his friends returned to Charlotte and informed him and his wife that their daughter had died of alcohol poisoning.

However, the death certificate obtained by Channel 9 lists Shanquella Robinson’s cause of death as a severe spinal cord injury and an Atlas subluxation complex. Alcohol is not mentioned on the death certificate. The document lists the approximate time between injury and death at 15 minutes. In a box asking if the death was accidental or violent, the signatory answered “yes”. The death certificate says Shanquella Robinson was found unconscious in the living room.

On Wednesday, a video surfaced showing a woman attacking Shanquella Robinson. The victim’s mother, Sallamondra Robinson, identified the people in the video as the friends her daughter accompanied on the trip to Cabo. Although the original source of the video is unclear, Sallamondra Robinson believes it was taken on the trip to Cabo. In the video, a person can be heard asking if Shanquella Robinson “could at least fight back.”


Mexico’s state attorney general’s office released some details of its investigation late Wednesday.

A “member of public safety” contacted the state attorney general’s office regarding the death of a woman in a room in the Fundadores Beach Club area, which was reported around 6:15 p.m. on October 29.

Officers attended the scene to investigate, according to the state attorney general’s office in Mexico.

Authorities said they were gathering more evidence during an ongoing investigation.

They did not release any other information.

“It was never a fight. She didn’t fight,” Salamondra Robinson said. “They attacked her.”

Channel 9 called the phone numbers associated with all of Shanquella Robinson’s travel companions. Channel 9 is not identifying the individuals at this time as they have not been charged with a crime.

Four of the numbers listed for Shanquella Robinson’s friends are disconnected. Two numbers went to voicemail. A text message to these two numbers was not returned.

Channel 9 also attempted to contact two of Shanquella Robinson’s friends by visiting their home in Charlotte. Nobody answered. A neighbor confirmed to Channel 9 that an officer from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department was outside the homes on Wednesday morning.

The CMPD Records Division provided WSOC-TV with a police report number associated with the call to the friend’s address, but said the report would not be available for 24 hours.

A CMPD spokesman said he was not involved in the investigation because the death occurred in Mexico. When asked why a police officer was outside the friend’s house this morning, the spokesperson said he would not provide information without a police report number.

When presented with the number of the police report, the spokesperson replied that the report had not yet been written.

While the answers in this case have been hard to come by, Bernard Robinson is undeterred.

A family wants answers

“By the grace of God, I think I’m going to get to the bottom of it. God is not going to fail. It will come out,” he said. “I’m not giving up. I’m very confident that I will have peace of mind.”

Salamondra Robinson said her daughter was a hard-working business owner.

She remembers the last moments she saw her daughter happy about her plan to go to Cabo.

“I looked at some of her messages that she had posted,” the mother said. “She was having a really good time and I don’t know where it went wrong from there.”

Salamondra Robinson said she last spoke with her daughter on the phone on October 28.

The next day, she received a frantic call from her daughter’s friends.

“They said she wasn’t feeling well,” Salamondra Robinson said. “That it was alcohol poisoning.”

Salamondra Robinson has more questions and wants justice for her daughter.

“She was a good kid and she had a big heart, and she didn’t deserve to be treated like this,” she said.

Sallamondra Robinson said she spoke with the FBI, CMPD and investigators in Mexico.

A US State Department spokesperson confirmed that a US citizen had died in Mexico during Shanquella Robinson’s trip, but declined to provide further information, citing respect for family and privacy.

No one has been charged with any crime related to the incident.

Shanquella Robinson’s funeral will take place on Saturday, November 19.

The wake will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by the funeral service at the Macedonian Baptist Church, 1300 Hatteras Ave. in Charlotte. It’s open to the public.

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