- A year on from the ordeal in the Baja California peninsula, there are still discrepancies shrouding her death – with no one formally arrested or charged
- Now the victim’s family attorney is gearing up to launch a legal tirade against the ‘Cabo 6’ friends who were on vacation with Shanquella, 25
The heartbroken family of a North Carolina woman who was killed on vacation in Mexico are set to sue their daughter’s six friends who were traveling with her.
Shanquella Robinson, 25, traveled from Charlotte to San Jose Cabo on October 28, 2022 and rented out a villa to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
She was found injured and unresponsive, and died the next day.
Her friends told her mom she had died of alcohol poisoning but Shanquella was found to have a severed spine and broken neck and video later emerged of her being beaten up at the villa.
A year on from the ordeal in the Baja California peninsula, there are still discrepancies shrouding her death – with no one formally arrested or charged – while the FBI refuses to release her files despite horrific video showing her being beaten.
Now the victim’s family attorney is gearing up to launch legal action against the people who were on vacation with Shanquella – who allegedly ‘lied by omission’ by failing to tell authorities that the woman was beaten up before her tragic death.
Since the ordeal, Shanquella Robinson’s father, Bernard Robinson, urged Mexican authorities to charge all six people to bring justice for his daughter.
Attorney Sue-Ann Robinson told Newsweek: ‘The lawsuit will be against the six travel mates including the three who lied by omission by failing to disclose that someone had been beating Shanquella prior to her death.’
Daejhanae Jackson, 27, was named as the friend seen throwing punches at Shanquella in the hours before her death. She is wanted in Mexico, and her last known address is in Jamestown, North Carolina.
There is still an active warrant out for Jackson’s arrest in Mexico, but no movements to extradite the US citizen have been made. The warrant was firstly issued for femicide, meaning the intentional killing of a woman.
At first, Jackson was not named. But in a letter written by attorneys to the White House, imploring US officials to act on pending extradition requests, the North Carolina woman was identified as the person assaulting Shanquella.
Though the family and the letter identified Jackson as the primary suspect in their daughter’s death, the suspect’s identity has not yet been made public by police.
In the 20-second video, a naked Robinson is severely beaten multiple times by Jackson. Robinson does not fight back and falls to the ground. In the background, a male voice is heard saying: ‘Quella, can you at least fight back?’
The 25-year-old 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 Robinson: ‘Get up, I’m tired of the s***.’
The identities of the ‘Cabo 6’ – the young adults who were on holiday with Shanquella – have also come to light after a vacation home check-in list was leaked online.
Daejhanae Jackson was one of three people who returned Robinson’s luggage to her mother’s home in Charlotte and told her family that Shanquella died of alcohol poisoning, according to the letter and the attorneys.
Jackson is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, which is also where Robinson studied, reports the Charlotte Observer.
Earlier this year in April 2023, the Department of Justice said it would not seek federal prosecution. Investigators could not prove ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ that a federal crime was committed.
But the FBI have still refused to release files on Shanquella’s death.
They confirmed in November that their investigation is still active, Charlotte Observer reports.
The bureau have not released the file concerning Robinson’s death because they fear it may ‘interfere’ with any ‘prospective law enforcement proceedings.’
The FBI’s letter to Channel 9 read: ‘There is a pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding relevant to these responsive records…and release of the information could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.’
The autopsy completed in Mexico, that was published before her death certificate, found Robinson died from severe injuries to her spine and neck.
Cabo police records state that for three hours before her death, Robinson received medical treatment at the villa – in which time she had a seizure.
Police documents show that Robinson’s friends refused to have her transported to a medical facility. They told the doctor she drank too much alcohol.
While her death certificate says she died at 3pm on October 29, a police report indicates that a doctor found no pulse at 4.49pm. They continued doing CPR, until eventually pronouncing the woman dead at 5.57pm.
According to the Mecklenburg County’s autopsy, Shanquella went back to her room after the video incident, which was filmed between 7 and 7:30am on October 29.
It wasn’t until midday, when a housekeeper found her lying down on the bathroom floor, that she was seen again.
At 2.15pm, the ‘Cabo 6’ called for medical care, telling doctors she’d consumed too much alcohol.
The autopsy said the doctor arrived at 3.15pm, finding her minimally responsive and dehydrated.
Because they thought she was inebriated, the doctor tried to place an IV into her arm, but this caused her to go into convulsive crisis, and then complete cardiopulmonary arrest at 4.49pm.
Unlike to the Mexican death report, Mecklenburg County’s autopsy found a ‘hematoma of the forehead,’ consistent with blunt force trauma. They did not find evidence of any neck or spinal cord injuries.
No alcohol was found in her system.
One staff member in Mexico said that Jackson gave him an ‘indifferent’ hug when he offered his condolences and claimed he later heard ‘laughing’ from the room after he walked out in order to give the group space.
The next day, the group departed the hotel and Jackson did not respond to a text message from a staffer asking where she was until October 31, when she informed the staffer that the group had gone home, according to the witness statement.
Sue-Ann Robinson, the lawyer working on the case, told WSOC: ‘It is absolutely a marathon and not a sprint.
‘Martin Luther King, Jr. said that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it always bends towards justice and that’s what keeps us all going in this case.’
Bernard Robinson, at his daughter’s gravesite on the anniversary of her death on October 29, said: ‘Never in my wildest dreams did I think something like this would happen.
‘God fight our battles. We’ll put it all in His hands but as a father standing right here in front of my daughter’s grave, justice will be served.’
When asked what justice looks like to him, the father told independent journalist Tonya Rivens: ‘They need to get what’s done to them, because they did a crime and came back over here like they just got away.
‘I just can’t believe these six individuals would do this to her. It’s going to take a long time for that hole [in my heart] to heal up.’
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.’
‘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.
‘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.’