Mexican prosecutors have obtained an arrest warrant for the friend of a North Carolina woman found dead last month while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, calling the death the result of “a direct attack” on Thursday. .
Shanquella Robinson, 25, was traveling with college friends at Winston-Salem State University when she was found dead at a vacation rental property, her father, Bernard Robinson, said.
Robinson, along with six friends, arrived in Mexico on Oct. 28, according to a statement Thursday from Mexican prosecutors working on extradition proceedings with their country’s attorney general and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Evidence shows the death was the result of “a direct attack, not an accident,” and involved one of the victim’s female friends, prosecutors said.
Mexican officials have not named the suspect, but have confirmed that she is an American citizen who is believed to be in the United States. No one has been charged in the case and authorities have not released the names of Robinson’s friends.
CNN has reached out to the US State Department, the FBI and the US Department of Justice for comment.
The extradition process for the suspect was underway, the attorney general of Mexico’s Baja California Sur, Daniel de la Rosa, told local media on Wednesday.
“There is already an arrest warrant issued for the crime of femicide to the detriment of the victim and against a suspect, responsible for these events, a friend of hers,” said de la Rosa on Wednesday.
The death did not result from a “fight” but from “a direct assault by this person,” de la Rosa said.
“We are already doing all the relevant procedures, both the Interpol file and the extradition request,” he said.
Robinson last spoke to his mother, Salamondra, by phone on the morning of Oct. 28, his father told CNN last week. The next day, Shanquella Robinson was found dead at her vacation rental, US and Mexican authorities said.
The cause of death was “severe spinal cord injury and dislocation of the atlas,” which is instability or excessive movement in the upper vertebrae of the neck, states a copy of his death certificate obtained by affiliate WBTV from CNN. She was found unconscious in the living room of the rental residence on Oct. 29, the document says.
The death certificate classified Robinson’s death as “accidental or violent,” noting that the approximate time between injury and death was 15 minutes.
The video posted online appears to show a physical altercation inside a room between Robinson and another person. It is not clear when the video was taken or if it depicts the moment he suffered the fatal wound.
Robinson is seen in the video being thrown to the ground and hit in the head, Bernard Robinson confirmed to CNN.
It’s unclear what sparked the altercation or how many people were in the room at the time. It’s also unclear if anyone tried to intervene.
The FBI’s Charlotte field office has opened an investigation into the death of Shanquella Robinson, it confirmed Friday.
His family was waiting for more information from friends and Mexican authorities, his father said a week ago.
“You took my only jewel from me,” he told CNN by phone. “You’ve made a big hole in my heart. All I can do is fight for her; I can’t let her die in vain.”