Mexican prosecutors have obtained an arrest warrant for the friend of a North Carolina woman who was killed while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas last month, calling the death “the result of a direct attack” on Thursday.
Shanquella Robinson, 25, was traveling with college friends at Winston-Salem State University when she was found dead at a vacation rental, said her father, Bernard Robinson.
Robinson, along with six friends, arrived in Mexico on October 28, according to a statement issued Thursday by Mexican prosecutors who are working on extradition proceedings with their country’s attorney general and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The evidence points to the death “as a result of direct assault, not an accident,” and the prosecutor said it was one of the victim’s female friends.
Mexican officials have not named the suspect, but have confirmed he is a US citizen believed to be in the US. No one has been charged in the case, and authorities have not released the names of Robinson’s friends.
CNN has reached out to the US State Department, the FBI and the US Department of Justice for comment.
The extradition process was underway for the suspect, the chief prosecutor of Mexico’s Baja California Sur, Daniel de la Rosa, told local media on Wednesday.
“There is already an arrest warrant against the victim for the crime of femicide and one of her friends who is allegedly responsible,” de la Rosa said on Wednesday.
The death did not result from a “fight”, but from “a direct attack by this person”, said de la Rosa.
“We are already doing all the relevant procedures, both the Interpol file and the extradition request,” he said.
Robinson last spoke to his mother, Salamondra, on the phone on the morning of Oct. 28, his father told CNN last week. The next day, Shanquella Robinson was found dead in her vacation rental, US and Mexican authorities said.
The cause of death was “severe spinal cord injury and atlas dislocation,” which is instability or excessive movement in the upper neck vertebrae, according to a copy of his death certificate obtained by CNN affiliate WBTV. She was found unconscious in the living room of the rental residence on Oct. 29, the document says.
The death certificate classified Robinson’s death as “accidental or violent,” and the approximate time between injury and death was 15 minutes.
Video posted online appears to show a physical altercation inside a room between Robinson and another person. It is not clear when the video was taken or if it depicts the moment he suffered the fatal injury.
The video shows Robinson being thrown to the ground and hit in the head, Bernard Robinson confirmed to CNN.
It’s unclear what sparked the fight or how many people were in the room at the time. It is also not clear 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 was waiting for more information from his friends and Mexican authorities, his father said a week ago.
“You took away my only jewel,” she told CNN by phone. “You put a big hole in my heart. All I can do is fight for him; I can’t let him die in vain.’