There are more questions than answers in the death of Charlotte wife Shanquella Robinson. She died on a trip to Cabo with friends, but her parents never believed the story those friends told them.
The agency presiding over the case in Mexico confirmed to TBEN News that they have launched a femicide investigation into Robinson’s death.
The Attorney General’s Office of Baja California Sur – the state in which Cabo is located – tells Channel 9 that it is “continuing the lines of inquiry to collect more evidence to accurately clarify the events, without ruling out any hypothesis.”
Channel 9 obtained Robinson’s death certificate on Wednesday. It lists the cause of death as “severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation,” and says she died within 15 minutes of the injury. Alcohol poisoning, which the family said Robinson’s friends blamed for her death, is never mentioned.
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In the box asking if the death was accidental or violent, the medical examiner wrote “yes”.
On Thursday, the Attorney General’s office sent TBEN News a statement, adding that they had also launched an investigation into her murder.
‘I have a hole in my heart’
Channel 9 spoke to Robinson’s parents, who said they won’t give up until they have answers.
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“I just want some truth, because this isn’t right,” said her father, Bernard Robinson.
“She was a good child and had a big heart,” said Sallamondra Robinson, Shanquella’s mother. “And she didn’t deserve to be treated like that.”
The pain that Bernard Robinson is experiencing now is unimaginable.
“It’s just a hurtful feeling man, my heart. I have a hole in my heart,” he told Channel 9’s Joe Bruno. “I can’t even be a grandpa. I can’t even walk her down the aisle.
It fuels his desire to find out what happened to his daughter. He never believed her friends’ claim that Shanquella died of alcohol poisoning.
“I know it’s not alcohol poisoning, I know it wasn’t,” he said.
At this point, none of her friends she went on the trip with are being charged. Her mother says she has been in contact with the FBI, and an FBI spokesperson confirmed to Bruno that the FBI’s Charlotte Division has been in contact with the family.
What is a femicide investigation?
Mexico’s attorney general’s office sent TBEN News a statement Thursday, adding that they have also launched a so-called “femicide investigation.”
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Michael Lettieri is an expert on femicide in that region of Mexico. He says its outcome will dictate the early stages of the investigation.
“It’s supposed to be explored in a very particular way that’s sensitive to the gender dynamics of the crime,” he said.
Lettieri says when a woman is murdered in Mexico, authorities are often required to open the investigation as a femicide. From there, they investigate whether she was killed for reasons related to her gender or if there were specific circumstances, such as domestic violence.
Essentially, gender causes for violence must be ruled out before it is classified as murder.
Lettieri says paying attention to this case could help solve it.
“Being an American means there will be additional pressure on the Mexican government and the state government to resolve this matter and I think it will probably lead to a resolution,” he said.
Bernard Robinson says he wants justice and will not rest until he gets it.
“All I ask the Lord is to give me justice, not let my daughter die in vain,” Robinson said.
The statement from the Attorney General’s Office Wednesday is below:
“The State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) of Baja California Sur is conducting field and cabinet proceedings to clarify the events in which a female person of foreign descent was killed on Oct. 29 at a beach club in San José del Cabo. It reportedly received a call from a member of public security at approximately 6:15 p.m. Saturday, October 29, reporting that in a living room of the Fundadores Beach Club area in San José del Cabo, there was a woman with no life.
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“State Criminal Investigation Agents went to the scene, where initial investigations were conducted under the appropriate protocols. Experts from the Directorate of Forensic Services conducted the processing of the scene, looking for clues that will be attached to the investigation folder. The PGJE maintains lines of inquiry to gather more evidence to come to an accurate clarification of the events, without ruling out any hypothesis.”
The Attorney General’s office sent the following statement to TBEN News:
“We inform you that the result of the autopsy has been determined as the cause of death: severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation. An investigation was launched into femicide. Yesterday’s statement and this latest information is what the Attorney General’s Office of Baja California Sur can share for now. The investigation continues and, as far as the legal framework allows, the results will be communicated.”
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