North Carolina authorities and the FBI confirmed this week that they are looking into the death of Shankila Robinson, a 25-year-old woman who died under mysterious circumstances during a trip to Mexico with her friends.
Robinson’s family has been actively seeking answers since she was found dead last month in Cabo, less than 24 hours after her arrival. The FBI’s Charlotte division said they have launched an investigation.
An FBI Charlotte Field Office opened an investigation into the death of Charlotte resident Shankila Robinson in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on or about October 29, 2022, a spokesperson said. “Due to an ongoing investigation, we have no further comment.”
A US State Department spokesperson said that when a US citizen dies abroad, they “provide all appropriate consular assistance to the family,” adding that they had no further comment at this time.
Her mother said that Robinson’s friends attributed the cause of death to alcohol poisoning
Robinson, owner of the braiding business Exquisite Babies, traveled to Mexico with her friends to celebrate her birthday. During the vacation, the group reportedly stayed at a luxury villa they booked through CaboVillas.com.
Local news reported that Robinson’s friends called her mother, Salamondra Robinson, and informed her that something had happened to her daughter.
“They said she wasn’t feeling well. She had alcohol poisoning,” Salamondra Robinson told WJZY. “They couldn’t get a pulse. Everyone who was with her was telling different stories.”
But an autopsy later revealed that Robinson’s spine was cracked and her neck was fractured. The group of friends returned to the United States, while Robinson’s body was held there for about two weeks, per WJZY.
A Cabo Villas representative said they were “sad” about the incident and said they were working with local authorities.
“The team at Cabo Villas is cooperating fully with local emergency and public safety authorities regarding the incident from the initial call for assistance onwards,” said the representative. “We are working diligently to establish the facts surrounding this incident, which is currently being investigated as a separate criminal case that occurred between guests at a private villa located in Los Cabos.”
Robinson’s father confirmed that his daughter appeared in a widely circulated video
Earlier this week, Gerald Jackson, the local blogger who runs The North Carolina Beat, posted a graphic video of a woman attacking a naked woman. Robinson’s father, Bernard Robinson, confirmed to The Daily Beast that his daughter was the woman attacked in the 18-second video that went viral.
In the video, someone can be heard saying, “Quella, at least, can you resist?” The video set social media ablaze this week, with thousands demanding justice for the Robinson family. Even celebrities weighed in.
“They attacked her,” Bernard Robinson told TMZ. “They punched a hole in my heart. This was my only child. I feel so sad. I can’t even be a grandfather. I can’t walk her down the aisle. I can’t hear her voice.”
He continued, “They left her in that house, madam. They left her there for the maid to find. Do you know how much pain my daughter suffered? … I just want justice.”
WSOC-TV reported that the Baja California State Attorney’s Office said there is an ongoing investigation and that they are gathering evidence related to the case.
Robinson’s funeral was held in North Carolina on Saturday
Robinson’s sister, Quella Long, wrote in the description: “We are facing an enormous unexpected financial burden and a great deal of pain as we prepare for my sister’s relief.”
Robinson’s funeral was held in Charlotte on Saturday, and hundreds of people showed up to pay their respects, according to reports. According to WSOC-TV, no one has been charged in connection with this incident.