Devastated family of Shanquella Robinson say they ‘fell to their knees’ when they heard she had died

‘My heart went into pieces’: Devastated family of North Carolina woman Shanquella Robinson brutally beaten on camera say they ‘fell to their knees’ when they heard she had died – and KNEW friends were lying about her cause of death

  • The devastated family of slain North Carolina woman Shanquella Robinson said they knew her friends were lying about her death
  • Robinson was declared dead from a severed spine and broken neck, but her friends told her mom, Sallamondra Robinson, that she died of alcohol poisoning
  • Her heartbroken mother said her heard was ‘in pieces’ over the death, while her sister slammed a ‘sickening’ video of Shanquella being beaten in Mexico
  • The video surfaced in recent days and appears to show Shanquella being assaulted in a hotel room while naked and is taunted
  • Shanquella’s body was flown back to Charlotte last Thursday and a funeral service was held over the weekend 

The heartbroken family of North Carolina woman Shanquella Robinson, who died mysteriously in Mexico of a severed spine and broken neck, claimed they knew her friends were lying about the cause of death.

They said they ‘fell to their knees’ when they found out about her death and called the video of her brutal beating ‘sickening.’

Robinson, 25, was part of a group that traveled from Charlotte to Cabo on October 28 and rented out a villa to celebrate a friend’s birthday, but was found dead the next day. 

Mexican officials are investigating Robinson’s death on October 29 as a femicide, which is regional terminology for the intentional killing of a woman. They will reclassify it as a homicide if they find the killing was not gender-related.

In recent days, a video surfaced that appeared to show Shanquella being beaten while naked in her hotel room. The unknown assailant savagely punches and kicks her while the man recording the video taunts her.  

Robinson’s mother, Sallamondra Robinson, said her daughter’s friends initially called her and said she had died of alcohol poisoning. 

‘My heart just, like, it went into pieces,’ said her mom. ‘Shanquella was my heart.’

Shanquella Robinson, a Charlotte resident, died while on vacation in Mexico on October 29 - a day after arriving - following a fight in her hotel room

Shanquella Robinson, a Charlotte resident, died while on vacation in Mexico on October 29 – a day after arriving – following a fight in her hotel room

‘Saturday evening, I got a call saying that Shanquella wasn’t feeling well,’ she said, but added that she quickly figured out there was more to the story. 

‘By the time that we questioned each one of them, and each one of them gave us a different statement,’ she told GMA on Friday.

‘I did not believe them because actually before they even got back to Charlotte… someone had already called us and said that someone was fighting her over there,’ she added.

She also said Shanquella was with someone her mom knew ‘very well’ and hoped he would look out for her daughter, but ‘that’s not what it was.’

The homicide ruling comes after an autopsy refused to categorize Robinson’s death as a murder — with authorities writing in the death certificate: ‘Was it accidental or violent?’

‘Yes,’ they wrote, making it unclear which one the authorities meant to select. 

Quilla Long, Shanquella’s older sister, said she ‘fell to her knees’ when she heard of the death and also said ‘the video is sickening.’

The man who appears to be filming the sickening assault can be heard in the video taunting Robinson as he asks: ‘Can you at least fight back?’

She attempts to get away from her attacker and replies ‘no’, before the woman slams her to the floor next to the bed.

The woman then punches and knees her in the head, before yelling at her victim to ‘get up, I’m tired of the ****.’

A representative for Villa Linda 32, the property where the group was staying, told WJZY that the concierge contacted a doctor who attempted to revive Robinson.

She was declared dead at 3pm local time, reportedly about 15 minutes after she was beaten.

Her mother revealed she last spoke to Shanquella the night before she was pronounced dead, when she told her daughter ‘enjoy yourself. Have a good time. And I love you and I will talk to you tomorrow.’

Shanquella’s body was flown back to Charlotte last Thursday and a funeral service was held over the weekend.

The death certificate obtained by Fox affiliate WJZY showed that Shanquella Robinson 'was found unconscious in her living room'

The death certificate obtained by Fox affiliate WJZY showed that Shanquella Robinson ‘was found unconscious in her living room’ 

Shanquella Robinson on the floor while being attacked by her friend

Shanquella Robinson on the floor while being attacked by her friend 

‘All I’ve been doing is just crying trying to figure out what happened,’ her father Bernard Robinson said of his late daughter. ‘I can’t even be a grandfather, can’t even walk her down the aisle, she’s gone.’

Meanwhile, a man who had joined Robinson on the fatal trip told Radar Online how he had joined the group in Mexico after they had already landed and was unaware that anything had transpired.

The unidentified male said he remembered getting off his flight at 2.16pm that Friday and made a call to one of his friends to find out where to meet them.

That is when, he said, he was first informed Robinson was not doing well.

‘They told me that Quella was sick and she was showing signs of alcohol poisoning,’ the man said.

He claimed he then rushed to her bedside, where he remained until a nurse arrived. 

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