An arrest warrant has been issued in the death of Shankella Robinson, a Charlotte woman who was killed while on vacation in Mexico, according to a Mexican prosecutor and confirmed by ABC News.
Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, a prosecutor in the state of Baja California Sur, told ABC that a friend of Robinson’s “who is the direct assailant” is being sought by international authorities on charges of feminism.
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“The matter is completely clear, we also have a court order, for the harm of the victim, and an arrest warrant has been issued against the alleged perpetrator, one of her friends, who is the direct assailant,” de la Rosa Anaya told ABC News. “Actually it was not a quarrel, but a direct aggression.”
“We are carrying out all relevant procedures such as the Interpol alert and extradition request to the United States. It’s about two Americans, the victim and the perpetrator.
Authorities have not identified who they are working to arrest at this time.
Michael Lettieri, an expert on femicide in Mexico, said that when a woman is murdered in the country, authorities are often required to launch an investigation as a femicide. From there, they look into whether she was killed because of her gender or there were specific circumstances, such as domestic violence.
ABC News told Robinson’s mother Wednesday evening that an arrest warrant has been issued in the case.
“I feel great, it’s a great feeling,” said Salmondra Robinson. “That’s what we were waiting for when finally someone is held accountable and arrested. I can’t wait to get justice.”
His parents said Robinson, 25, left for Cabo San Lucas on October 28 with several friends. A day later, she was dead, with the state’s attorney general in Mexico investigating the matter.
At first, friends told Robinson’s family that she died of alcohol poisoning, but the autopsy revealed that she had died from fractures to her neck and spine.
Channel 9 obtained Robinson’s death certificate. It lists the cause of death as “severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation” and says he died within 15 minutes of the injury. Alcohol poisoning has never been mentioned.
In the box asking whether the death was accidental or violent, the medical examiner wrote “yes”.
After her death, video surfaced showing a woman attacking Shankella Robinson. Salmondra Robinson, identified the people in the first video as friends with whom her daughter had gone on a trip to Cabo.
While the original source of the video is unclear, Salmondra Robinson believes it was taken during a Cabo trip. In the video, a man can be heard asking if Shankella Robinson “can at least fight back.”
The US State Department and the FBI have also joined the investigation.
Robinson’s death has drawn national attention. A GoFundMe for her family has raised over $370,000, including contributions from many celebrities.
This is a developing story. the inspection www.wsoctv.com for update.
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