North Carolina Woman’s Death On Mexico Vacation Investigated As Homicide

Death previously attributed to alcohol poisoning
WASHINGTON - MARCH 09:  The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's headquaters March 9, 2007 in Washington, DC. F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller was responding to a report by the Justice Department inspector general that concluded the FBI had committed 22 violations in its collection of information through the use of national security letters. The letters, which the audit numbered at 47,000 in 2005, allow the agency to collect information like telephone, banking and e-mail records without a judicially approved subpoena.   (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The death of a North Carolina woman, which was believed to have been caused by alcohol poisoning, is now being investigated by Mexican authorities as a homicide.
  • A video emerged on social media that appeared to show 25-year-old Shanquella Robinson being beaten by a woman.
  • The people in the video were identified by Robinson’s mother as her daughter’s friends.
  • The death certificate did not mention alcohol and noted that the cause of death was the result of “severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation” in addition to the instability of the first two neck vertebrae.
  • The FBI’s Charlotte Field Office said in a statement, “The FBI Charlotte Field Office has opened an investigation in the death of Charlotte resident, Shanquella Robinson in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on or about October 29, 2022.”

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