Mexican prosecutors obtained an arrest warrant for the boyfriend of a North Carolina woman who was found dead last month while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas and on Thursday called the death a “direct attack.”
Shanquella Robinson, 25, was on a vacation with college friends from Winston-Salem State University when she was found dead in a vacation rental, said her father, Bernard Robinson.
Mr. Robinson, and six friends, arrived on October 28 in Mexico, according to statements made Thursday by Mexican judges who are working to remove the charges from their attorney general and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Evidence indicates that the death was the result of “direct threats, not accidental,” and involved one of the victim’s girlfriends, prosecutors said.
Mexican authorities have not named the man but have confirmed that he is an American citizen who is 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 accomplices.
CNN has reached out to the US State Department, the FBI and the US Justice Department for comment.
An extradition operation is underway for the suspect, the attorney general of Baja California Sur in Mexico, Daniel de la Rosa, told local media on Wednesday.
“There is already an arrest warrant issued for the crime of femicide to harm the victim and the suspect, who did it, his girlfriend,” de la Rosa said Wednesday.
The death was not the result of an “argument” but of “the direct brutality of this man,” said de la Rosa.
“We are already doing all the necessary steps, the Interpol file and the extradition request,” he said.
Robinson last spoke to his mother, Salamondra, by phone on the morning of October 28, his father told CNN last week. The next day, Shanquella Robinson was found dead while on vacation, US and Mexican officials said.
The cause of death was “a blunt force trauma to the spine and rupture of the atlas,” which is an imbalance or excessive movement of the cervical spine, according to an obituary obtained by CNN WBTV. She was found unconscious in the living room of the home on October 29, the affidavit states.
The death certificate said Robinson’s death was “accidental or violent,” noting that the average time from injury to death was 15 minutes.
A video posted online appears to show an altercation inside a room between Robinson and another person. It is not known when the video was taken or when it shows the time of his serious injury.
With Robinson seen in the video being thrown to the ground and punched in the head, Bernard Robinson confirmed to CNN.
It is unclear what caused the altercation and how many people were in the room at the time. It is also unclear if anyone tried to intervene.
The FBI Charlotte Field Office has opened an investigation into the death of Shanquella Robinson, it confirmed Friday.
His family is waiting for more information from his friends and Mexican authorities, his father said last week.
“You took away my only stones,” he told CNN by phone. “You put a big hole in my heart. The only thing I can do is fight for him; I will not let him die in vain.