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US Prosecutors Won't File Charges for the Death of Shanquella Robinson Despite Violent Video Footage

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Federal prosecutors advised Shanquella Robinson's family on Wednesday that they would not pursue charges for Shanquella's death in Mexico last year. After an online video showed her being beaten while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas in October 2022, her family requested an independent autopsy, which showed she suffered a violent death. According to the New York Times, the medical examiner in Mexico ruled her cause of death as "severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation," or the dislocation of a ring-shaped bone that supports the skull. However, The Department of Justice told her family on Wednesday, "The available evidence does not support a federal prosecution."

The 25-year-old businesswoman traveled with six friends to vacation in Mexico last October. Robinson's mother, Sallamondra Robinson, reported that she became alarmed when she could not reach her daughter on the second day of the trip. She told CNN: "When I spoke with her, she seemed to be pretty happy. She was laughing. She seemed very happy on that trip … I said, Okay, enjoy yourself. Love you. I will talk to you tomorrow. And I never spoke with her again."

Shanquella Robinson in front. Photo/Tequila Long

Her mother also advised that her daughter's fellow travelers told her she died from alcohol poisoning. Sallamondra shared information about Shanquella's fellow travelers with WCCB "I did not know them. I just knew the one, Kalia Cook. I knew him. I didn't know the other six. All I know is they all went to college together." Her mother also stated that when the group returned from Mexico, they came to her house to discuss what had occurred on the trip. "We, you know, questioned each one of them because we had heard different. We had gotten a call saying they were over there fighting her.

Per ABC, The family's attorneys said, "Mexican authorities have already issued arrest warrants and requested the suspect in Shanquella Robinson's death be extradited to face charges there; but legal experts say it's unusual for the U.S. to extradite its own citizens." The family's attorneys, Ben Crump and Sue-Ann Robinson, are calling on the White House for immediate assistance with the case.

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