Mexican prosecutors said Thursday they have opened an investigation into the death of a U.S. woman seen being beaten in a video that has gone viral.
A state official has confirmed the victim was Shanquella Robinson. The official confirmed that the group she had been traveling with had since left Mexico.
A video apparently taped at a luxury villa in San Jose del Cabo shows one woman, apparently an American, beating another woman.
If you are anything like me, you found and watched this horrific video.I almost wish I hadn’t gone down that rabbit hole. It was a vicious beating and no one even tried to intervene or attempt to help.
The video has been reposted many times on social media sites. In it, a man with an American accent can be heard saying “Can you at least fight back?” The man did not appear to intervene in the beating.
Police found Robinson dead at the villa on Oct. 29.
Shanquella’s mother, Salamondra Robinson,has been told that investigators in Mexico were looking into her daughter’s death as a murder.
Salamondra said she was initially told by Shanquella’s friends that she had gotten sick with alcohol poisoning. But later on, she learned there was a fight, and an autopsy found she had injuries to her spinal cord and neck.
The autopsy showed that “her death had nothing to do with alcohol,” Salamondra said.
Mexican officials said they could not confirm the cause of death because it was part of an ongoing investigation.
When Salamondra saw the video, she said she knew it was her daughter. It raised questions about why nobody intervened in the beating, or why people she was traveling with would have beaten her.
“She was not fighting nobody back. She didn’t even have a chance,” Salamondra said. “No one tried to stop it.”
The group Shanquella was traveling with were people she went to college with.
“One of the guys supposedly was her best friend,” she said. “And he had went on family trips with us, you know? And he had been to the family house.”
Salamondra said she hadn’t seen him since she got the autopsy results.
The mother hopes she can get more answers about what happened to her daughter, whom she described as having “a heart of gold.”
Shanquella’s family had to pay $6,000 to get her body flown back to the United States. Her family says she was beat to death. Shanquella’s autopsy further shows that her death had nothing to do with alcohol poisoning.
I want to see someone or better yet all involved arrested. It’s a sticky situation with the act being committed outside of the US. I hope all parties that participated and or recorded the act get what they deserve. No one deserves to be beaten to death. I will update this story as more information becomes available to me.